PaddleWise Discussion on Making Kayak Sails

From: "Evan Dallas" 
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 13:47:07 -0700
Subject: [Paddlewise] Kayak Sail Patterns

Anyone know where I might find a pattern for a make-it-yerself kayak sail?  I'm
only interested in the go-straight-ahead-only pocket-type sail (I'm not sure of
the correct terminology here), as opposed to the windsurfer or sailboat style
where you can actually go into the wind.

Evan Dallas
Woodinville Washington

From: "Paul Raymond" Subject: Re: [Paddlewise] Kayak Sail Patterns Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 17:17:29 EDT I bookmarked these links from a previous thread. Haven't gotten far enough on the kayak I'm building to try them yet. The first two have sketches of downward sails. Also try the Kayak Sailing mailing list at They have a links page also. Good luck, Paul.
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 17:57:26 -0400 From: "Tanaka, Wesley K." Subject: [Paddlewise] kayak sail Try Primex of California ( They have a interesting looking sail rig for sailing down wind (go-straight-ahead). It isn't a kit or pattern, but you could probably make it from the parts description and pictures on their website. (Disclaimer - I have no commercial interests in Primex). WesT
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2000 19:22:27 +1000 From: "Peter Treby" Subject: RE: [Paddlewise] Kayak Sail Patterns Try Laurie Ford's website: A simple V design has a reasonable following here. The mast is stepped into a hole glassed in on the front deck, reachable from the cockpit. When not in use, the sail is carried rolled up on the mast and boom, in a sleeve made of shadecloth on one side of the front deck. Regards, Peter Treby.
From: "Dr Colin Calder" Subject: [Paddlewise] various: First Boat, Diamante, Scots, Stitch'n'glue, sailing Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 11:18:04 +0100 Re: the diamante manufactured in Canada, could this be the same boat manufactured by Mega of surf kayak fame? I've only paddled the mega diamante once, but its a really nice boat. Talking or really nice boats (...ahem) I put a stitch and glue greenlander I've been building for the last eight weeks in the water for the first time last week. I'm going to call it 'harpoon' on account of its pointy and dangerous ;-). I designed it to be a little different from available production boats, for my use as a fast, responsive, very low volume day trip/play boat. 19ft LOA, 20 inch max beam, lots of rocker. Very lively puppy. If anyone is interested I've put a couple of photos its first outing up on the web at: There was a short discussion & plea for information about sail rigs a wee while ago. Best place for information is probably the kayaksailing list (predominately multihull rigs and Mark Balogh's batwings) ande the Tasmanian web sites. I've put up some photos of my Tasmanian inspired rigs at: Cheers Colin 5719'N 210'W