High Performance Sailing With Fishing Kayaks

Kayak fishing and sailing are not exactly a natural match. It’s harder to fish from a small watercraft that’s equipped with a sail. This is beacuse your fishing lines can easily get caught in your kayak’s sailing rig, and the latter can also get caught in tree limbs, if you happen to launch, beach or fish near trees.
As an auxiliary means of propulsion, a sail is less reliable than a motor, and it is much more difficult to use.
But sailing can be fun, especially if you know what you’re doing, and if your kayak is suitable for sailing, which rules out most fishing kayaks.

This video shows high performance sailing with the W500 –

The movie shows the sailor perfectly controlling his W kayak both seated and standing up, while sailing fast upwind in strong wind. The W kayak is both tracking and maneuvering easily. In this case, the kayak is not outfitted with outriggers, although such accessories would have added both safety and ease of use.
However, sailing and common kayaks don’t go together well in general, for a number of reasons, which are:
Unless outfitted with serious outriggers, kayaks are not stable enough to support a large size, powerful sailing rig.
Common kayaks track poorly even when paddled, and unless they’re outfitted with a substantial rudder system and a keel, or a leeboard, they won’t sail to any direction except downwind, and that’s not sailing in the full sense of the word…
Common kayaks offer their user poor control even when paddling is considered, and they do not pass the minimum requirement for user control when sailing is concerned.
Such kayaks (I.E. sit-in, SOT and hybrid) can sometimes be outfitted with a tiny downwind sail, if the owner is ready to have such a device on board their kayak while they’re casting lines and landing fish. For real sailing, you need to get a W kayak outfitted with a large size sail, or go for a sailing dinghy. Canoes sail pretty well when properly rigged, preferably when they’re outfitted with at least one large size outrigger.
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  1. fishingkayaksdesign (Post author)

    Here’s an interesting review of a sailing kayak >>
    The discussion about outriggers is interesting, as well as comments about how suitable and effective are outriggers for fishing kayaks.

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