My Pirogue !

Boat with Sailing Rig (no sail) !

Another view of Sailing rig !

Center Board !!

View of Mast !

Center board rig - rear view !

Center board rig - front view !

Center board folded up !

Boat without Sailing rig !

Another view !

Another view !

Floatation bulkhead (one on each end)
Notice the water tight port holes !

That's me !

Me again !

Boat is loaded for maiden voyage !

She is in the water for the first time !

Checking out the boat !

Putting on my life jacket !

A bit tippy when I sit in the back !

Paddle paddle paddle !

Paddle paddle paddle !

Works better when I am in the middle of the boat !

I think I am getting the hang of it !

Flipping the boat over to test floatation bulkheads !

Completely submerged boat still holds me up !

Can't do this without floatation bulkheads !

Flipping the boat over again !

She floats perfectly even upside down !

Off I go again - paddle, paddle, paddle !

My Sailing Pirogue !

Getting ready for maiden voyage with Sailing Rig !
The sail is 9 ' tall and 8 ' long for a total of 36 sq. ft.
The sail is made of rip stop nylon.
The Mast is 12 ' tall.

Mast is 2 pieces !
Bottom part is wood and top part is aluminum.
The two are joined with a piece of PVC pipe and two bolts and wing nuts.

She Sails great !
The back end dips kind of deep, but it didn't pose a problem for me.
The boat levels off when there are two people in the boat.

Boat moves smoothly with a good wind !

The wind wasn't very strong, but it was enough !

Notice the floatation foam added to the sides of the boat.
The foam strips are those foam doodles kids play with at the beach.
They cost me $1.50 each and I strapped them to the boat with plastic pull ties
I bought at the lumber store (used by electricians). I drilled small holes in the
rub rails to run the ties through.

Another view of the floatation foam.

You can see the foam on both sides of the boat.
It is suppose to help keep the boat from tipping over and taking on water.

Sailing on the New River in Virginia !

Sailing, sailing, sailing !

You can see low water falls in the background .

Comments: 09/26/01

The boat is pretty stable with one person in it, but two people make it a little tippy. My boat  is 15 feet and 3 inches long and weights 70 lbs.

My wife was a bit nervous in it, so I might make some outriggers for it, especially for sailing, to stabilize it more. It is possible it would have been more stable if I made it a little wider.

I used 1/4 inch exterior plywood and I epoxyed the entire boat inside and out. I fiberglassed the entire outside and also the inside bottom, using 3.25 oz. fiberglass (tight weave, which is stronger). I then epoxyed the fiberglass twice and then painted the boat with marine paint (oil base). I had problems with the paint not drying, so I had to strip the entire outside and then I repainted it with exterior latex house paint, which works much better. I used wood flour to make epoxy putty for filling the corners.
I bought all the epoxy stuff from Raka, plus the two plastic port holes. The port holes work reasonably well but they aren't 100% water tight when the boat is flipped over. A small amount of water does get in through the seals. Maybe a little petroleum jelly would help. They do the job though of keeping the boat afloat.

I used nearly all stainless steel hardware. 

It moves quite well when paddling, about the same as a canoe. The boat isn't as stable as a 17 foot wide bottom canoe, but it is acceptable. I made the sides 11 inches, but 12 would have been better.

The boat sailed quite well ! The sail held up well. Rip stop nylon makes a good material for sails. I may make a couple of different sails later on, to see if other types work well. I have a shorter mast section for the top half, in case I want to use a smaller sail later. The mast held up well. It didn't  bend much at all. The bottom half is made of 1 1/4 inch hardwood closet rod. The PVC pipe which is used for the connector for the two halves is 1 1/2 inch ID. The top half of the mast was made by sanding down a small section of the wood closet rod, so I could slide a piece of 1 inch aluminum tubing over it. I fiberglassed and epoxied the aluminum tubing to the wood part. This section of the mast slides into the PVC connector and then is held in place with two bolts and wing nuts (two holes are drilled through it).

I am still considering making some outriggers for the boat to make it more stable in a strong wind.      

Chris Boss
Wytheville, Virginia

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