Kayaks are so easily driven that the urge to equip them for sailing must be as old as kayaks themselves. This neat trimaran-conversion kit, first introduced in 1995, has been built in vast numbers. Read this article for the entire 17-year evolution of the CLC SailRig.
The SailRig is adaptable to almost every kayak and canoe in our catalogue, and most any production kayak or low-side canoe as well. Mounted on a single kayak, the acceleration is neck-snapping, with good handling upwind and down and 9-knot potential. Ten-foot beam gives you monolithic stability (and thus sail carrying power with no hiking out), but the whole rig can be dismantled for cartopping in a half-hour. The SailRig components weigh only about 30lbs total.
- SailRig 40: A 40sq.ft sail is more than enough for fast sailing in solo kayaks and canoes.
- SailRig 55: The 55sq.ft sail is a good fit for most double kayaks, or for pushing single kayaks a little harder.
- SailRig 70: Unlike the 40 and 55, the 70sq.ft. sail requires strategic reinforcement of the host kayak to handle the loads, and a specially equipped mast (including sailtrack). This option should be reserved for sailors with some skill, and for kayaks with enough bow volume to handle the speeds without "submarining"