Saturday, 25 April 2009

An Inquiry of Kayak Sailing

Haj Everybody, I am Lost!

I am searching for information regarding putting a sail (a la Viking Era, or a spinnaker) on a kayak. I have not bought the kayak, yet, due to that I must learn how I can expand it into a sailing kayak. I have seen models that are built on the catamaran idea, but also on the Viking principles.

I have not found out how the mast (or pole) will be placed on such a little boat. I don't even know if there are kayaks for sale, with sail :-) I am quite interested in buying the kayak model; Prijon Seayak, there is a great space for my dog, as well as a rudder that keeps it on track, with my feet, when I am fishing.

I need information about if this model can be developed into a sailing kayak or if You have better suggestions and ideas. I am not in a hurry I prefer to wait and get the right gadgets or at least knowledge of how to go further on this matter. Any wise or otherwise thinking or information to share? Thank You very much, indeed for trying to help me!!!!

Wondering and Fishing for Knowledge,



ANNA-LYS said...

Later, I might take You on a journey on the islands of the archipelago of West Sweden.

Charles Gramlich said...

I have no idea about the sail but I love this picture.

ANNA-LYS said...

LOL in that situation a sail might do a huge difference, I presume ;-)
Did You like Jaws, the movie?

Anonymous said...


i have plans
for this viking kayak,
but you'll need 20 men to row it

¤ ¤ ¤


ANNA-LYS said...

Ha ha ha
Thank You
but, I think it will
be harder to find 20 not lazy men ;-)

But, the sketch on the sail is great!
Do I need one more man to hold the mast?

laughingwolf said...

for you:

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You Hairy fellowlots, and lots to check out in that link


Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

HärThe first one crossing the Altantic was using a Klepper kayak. It had two masts. It is also called "Faltboot", since you may fold it. If you already have a kayak, there is a problem attaching a mast. I advice you to put it in the front. You must also have some kind of outrigger to reduce the wind deviation.
Good luck!

Stacey said...

Good evening Anna-Lys
You want some help with the sail, no problem, I can help with that, now what you do is.........

well you need to................
what I was meant to say is.......
So what you do is................

Can I get back to you on this one(LOL)

Hope your having a good weekend and that your wearing your hat @:D

"Where ever I wear my hat thats my home" by paul young {;)

Stacey said...

Ok, so its not
"where ever I wear my hat thats my home"
In fact its "where ever I LAY my hat thats my home",
but it was the only song I could think of with the word hat in it (LOL) @;D
You have to give me full marks for trying though <:)

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

I want to add, that fishing from a canoe is not a good idea. How will you act when the shark bites?

boneman said...

In my estimation, a kayak is not esactly the right tool for the job.
(my estimation is suspect because I do NOT sail. The only time I was out in a sail boat, after many many tips and spills, I gave up, poked the rope in my teeth [yes, it was a long time ago] and swam to shore, boat in tow! HA! What a sight!)
None the less, I ride bicycles and have much information on them, and while this may sound off-topic? It is not.
Many people try to buy a touring bicycle that is also a mountain bike. Or buy a mountain bike when they want to pedal many miles in a day.
It's called hybrid, and while it sounds practical, it is not.

The answer, though a bit more expensive, would be to get a catamara, with a sail, which would also accomodate Blackie and supplies, and a drug shooting rifle (the picture is terrifying!) and also a kayak.
More than likely the one you have chosen is fairly good sized, and I commend you on finding one with a rudder.
Many happy waters beneath you, gal!
And Blackie, too!

(PS, it may be outrageous to hear this, but, it IS possible to catamaran from Sweden to Indiana.)

laughingwolf said...

most welcome, little lady :)

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You very much Tyko!
I will probably make the sails myself, or ask Google to support me LOL
Great links for the gadgets I need!!!
I will also need sun cells for my cellphone and micro laptop. Do You have information about that also?

Stacey, yesterday me and Blackie did a fast walk in a little more than 3 hours, with light backpack (10 kilo). I promise I did wear a hat! Still, my nose got brown and my hair more copper gold - I hate it! Maybe, I need a hat that reaches my knees?

Good try!
"I keep it under my hat" by Tim McGraw
"Wear my hat" by Phil Collins

Tykot I will probably use Martial Art on the beast or just bite back. I fish from sailboat, and I have fished my entire life. Be sure, even from a canoe, I draw the line at water skies.

ANNA-LYS said...

BonemanHave You ever tried to bicycle dragging a sailboat after You? If You like me love to not poison the nature. Bicycle, inlines, roller-skies, skies and kayak are the choice of transport I will use besides my pretty feet LOL

I have been looking at plastic boats that You can have in Your backpack and unfold when needed. But, it don't give me the safeness I need. The kayak are also a great place to store things in on my journeys. Besides, in a couple of years I will be moving further north, where the kayak will be great in the rivers and lakes.

Sailing is just a benefit, not the main thing. But, here on the west-coast I am used to sailing - so why not combine it all? I find it practical. The kayak can be taken home to my cabin every night, if I am not sleeping in the nature with Blackie.

But, this new project will change my earlier plan to go to Corsica (G20), this summer-autumn. Can't do it all, but, life is short! Blackie is more happy of this one, because we can do it together :-D

ANNA-LYS said...

LaughingWolfHa ha ha Tnx!
You are smart! By the model of choice of kayak, You estimated that I am little :-D

Bitte och Gunnar said...

Sorry I don´t have much to say about this topic. But I love the picture.but Even the shark....
I wish you a warm and sunny Sunday!

Dick said...

I would like to help you but in this case I'm useless and in many others as well. lol

dianne said...

I looked at the picture, there doesnt seem to be much would be cramped for you and Blackie, you want to be comfortable.
I certainly hope it has a hard shell, I would be looking at something a little larger like a catamaran, a small sailboat with rudder or at least have a outrigger for balance.
Happy and safe sailing. ♥

Bella Nått said...
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Bella Nått said...

Tycker det verkar blöt, och farligt,
men ekologiskt bra uttänkt.

ANNA-LYS said...

Bitte & GunnarSunny it is, I am sitting outside in the sun with my laptop :-D

DickI do think Yu have lots of skills
please, don't walk down that hill

DianneI actually, have tested the kayak already, and so has Blackie. There is plenty of space! We could if we wanted sit in the same "chair", but she will have her own space in the back, she can sit or lay down, fully stretched. Our weight together is not even 75 kilo.

Besides a sailboat is hard to bicycle with or carry home to the cabin. A kayak is what I need for pleasure and exercise, discoveries and fishing, with or without sail!


Bella Nåttoch inte minst muskelformande :-D

fishing guy said...

Anna: I would guarantee you can do it but unless you want to stand on the top you would need two outriggers to balance the boat. why not but a catamaran?

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

If we talk about kayaks and sails, the Prijon has sail as an option. I have not tested it, but I would not buy it. The reason is: I want to go my own way, not just follow the wind. And if I want to follow the wind, I can use anything to catch it.
Forgot to mention: You can't accomplish an
eskimo roll . in a Faltboot. On the other hand, it is stable.
Suncells you can make yourself. There is a lot of silicon in nature.
Sometimes you must get ashore. At least your dog will demand it. Being on land is the right time for fishing.

Clark said...

that's a nice thought capt. ahab, but the kayak is unstable at best, adding a sail is a recipe for disaster! it pains me to say this but , are you tired of living??

ANNA-LYS said...

Fishing GuyBecause then I must have a car, and it wont get me healthier. If I have a kayak I can use the bicycle if I want to move it from the archipelago to a lake, or a river.

TykotWhere do I find the sail as an option? I will use my sails from the sailboat to make my own sails, but I need the gadgets to make it fastened in the kayak.

Clark I hear You are speaking from experience?
Where did You use Your kayak? The most important when renting or buying a kayak is that it is fit for Your size. If not it will be unstable, for sure!

Do You perceive me as suicidal? What an odd remark. I assure You, You couldn't be more wrong. I find it strange that You actually think this way. Please, don't worry, be happy! Because, I am :-D

But, thank You, I will be more careful in the way I express myself in the future. I had no idea I could generate such thoughts.

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank You All,
I am not lost any more
<3 <3 <3

Tyko Brae (exgen. NB) said...

Ohoy skipper!
You may try the google picture search, if your computer has that option.
sail But I see, this sail is no good. I would not invest a shilling in that frock.
There is a possibility, not mentioned yet: The outrigger canoe, used by sailors in the Pacific. It resembles the catamaran. I don't think it is the best vessel in the waters were you will dwell. I would choose the kayak.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea about sails and kayaks ... and I think you don't really need the sail 'cause in the cold waters of the northern seas I suppose there are no lads like that one to be seen on the photo :)

As for being lost, care to borrow my GPS? :)

Bradpetehoops said...


ANNA-LYS said...

Sharp Eye ;-)

johnpaddler said...

Did you buy your kayak yet?

In the begining I had a Klepper Fältbot kayak with sail, but now I have glassfibre kayak without - quite a bit faster. Try kayaking without sail first - add later if you really feel it's necessary/fun.

Some kayak with sail photos in 'C kyk sailing' set on Flickr by Gnarlydog

North Bohuslän is one of the best places to paddle in the world! Many photos here: