DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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While we shelter in place here in Oklahoma, my Folbot Aleut Is safe and sound in Florida. However, I decided to start a project with parts that I have in-house, since I can’t go to the local hardware stores. Using an old jib as material, and after some research, I decided to make a Sprit sail and rig for my kayak. I chose the sprit rig because it is simple, doesn’t incorporate any standing rigging, and I can make it with materials on hand. I am making it loose footed without a boom, so only 2 spars - the short mast and the “sprit” which holds the peak of the sail up, and is used to adjust the sail shape. The sail will live on the mast, rolled up, which will allow me to take it out of the mast step and store it on the deck. The sail can be brailled up as well, to allow paddling or fishing. After the sail was cut and reinforced at the stress points, I realized I didn’t have grommets on hand to finish it, so I used webbing and melted holes where required. Here is the sail so far - pretty small, the luff is only 3’, so depending on eventual performance, I may be building a larger sail someday.
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1990s Folbot Aleut kayak

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Re: DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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That's very cool. I've thought of doing something similar, but I have a couple of other sailboats and a sailing canoe already. Let me know how it works out.

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Re: DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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Latest - sail about done... now to build a mount for a mast step...
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Re: DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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Excellent, the Sprit sail is considered, simple, elegant and efficient, I suppose you already know that the mast needs to be able to rotate. If you havn,t already bought it a good book is, The Working Guide to Traditional Small-Boat Sails by David L Nichols

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Re: DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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Thanks! I have a piece of PVC I will use as a mast step, so it will be a stayless rotating mast. I have the Nichols book too - an excellent reference, and a big help.
1990s Folbot Aleut kayak

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Re: DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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It,s good to see you have all the info you need. Another good book is Canoe Rig the essence and the art by Todd E Bradshaw. It,s canoe sails just about all of them. It is like a coffee table book and well worth looking at. Perhaps a local library might be able to get one. When I bought it the price was $34.95 and I thought it was worth it.

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Re: DIY Sprit sail for my Aleut

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You can find Bradshaw's book on ebay or Amazon for around $25.
I recommend it too.

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