Sailing canoe keels?

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Dirteater, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Dirteater
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    Do all Sailing canoes use a keel of some kind?
    by this I mean do all sailing canoes (that sail) use some form of keel, lee board, daggerboard?

    I would think it impossible to sail a canoe with out one.
    or is possible to sail a canoe without some form of a keel/board?

    my thought would be that they would use a centerboard configuration.

    thanks.
    DE
     
  2. Doug Lord
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    You hit on what would be required. There are reasons to consider every type of lateral resistance you mentioned and I've seen just about all of them on various designs. The way you intend to use the canoe would help to decide what would work best in your case. Good Luck!

    PS- variations could include small fins on an ama(small outrigger hull) that isn't in the water when the boat is level-I'll find an example. This has the shallowest draft and requires the least attention BUT you have more initial complication, cost and effort to build-just another idea to consider.....

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  3. Dirteater
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    Thanks Doug,

    I figured as much, and as odd as it may seem,
    there are not many graphics around showing what "keel" version
    being used on many types of canoes.

    There's quite a bit on sail(s) rigging and such,'
    but not "keels"

    I wish there were more graphics showing the bottom of the canoe.
    DE
     
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    I think that's probably because most people using canoes opt for shallow draft. Are you looking to build one or modify an existing canoe?
     
  5. Dirteater
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    Just looking into some current design ideas. :idea:
    thanks
    de
     
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    In the 19th century some sailing canoes used a metal centerboard with multiple, fan-like, blades which folded into a case which was only 3 or 4 inches tall. Not the most efficient for hydrodynamics but great for not eating up space inside the canoe.
     
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  8. Dirteater
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    thanks DC,
    I'll check them out. :)
     
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