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Sail on my Llama

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:42 am
by Martian
I am not a great paddler so I wanted to make it a little easier to get around on the water so I got a Windpaddle and have had good success with it so far.
http://picasaweb.google.com/Martian74/P ... 8307600802
Here is the sail folded down, it only weighs a couple of hundred grams.
http://picasaweb.google.com/Martian74/P ... 9335839314
Here is a little vid of me sailing with it, it was my first day out with the sail & I am much better now :oops: .
http://picasaweb.google.com/Martian74/P ... 9570705538
Here I am out on the water after paddling out in the bay but not enough wind for the sail.
http://picasaweb.google.com/Martian74/P ... 1395256578

Re: Sail on my Llama

Posted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:12 am
by argonaut
Interesting- thanks for sharing. Was thinking about getting one of these for my kayak.

Re: Sail on my Llama

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 1:02 am
by greg
I've got a windpaddle on order to use with my Feathercraft. I might have to try it out with my Alpaca.

BTW, have you tried setting up some sort of leeboard setup on the packraft? Some bungy cords and a couple of flat pieces of wood might do the trick.

Re: Sail on my Llama

Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:15 am
by Martian
I find it works best to steer with the paddle. Just drag one side of the paddle (just twist it with your wrist, no need to move your arm) in the water the way you want to steer and it works fine. I haven't really thought about a leeboard setup, the Windpaddle has a cord at the base that you can adjust the amount that it swivels and I just pull the line one way or the other when I steer the sail.
I'll try and get a better video up so you can see how I steer the raft but it is hard as you need to use two hands, one of the paddle and one holding the sail line.

Re: Sail on my Llama

Posted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:31 am
by BigJon1488
Hey Guys,
I have just developed a leeboard system for the packraft and will be posting a video of the setup soon, hopefully this week. I will be putting it up, and other packraft invention/adventure videos on the blog www.missionak.com. So check it soon and I would love to get your feed back.

Stay tuned...

-Jon D
Seattle, WA USA

Re: Sail on my Llama

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:50 am
by BigJon1488
Here is a video sailing my unrigged explorer with bike on front using a Windpaddle Cruiser. Works great!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ9mNQTx8vs

-Jon D