Setting up a Canoe for Sailing...

I currently use the third canoe of my own that I have rigged. The very first canoe that I ever sailed was one of the 17ft Grumman aluminium canoes at an outdoor activity centre where I used to work. The centre had a Grumman lateen rig so I tried it out with an old dinghy centreboard G-clamped to the side - it all worked surprisingly well and I was hooked! So I rigged my own Old Town Discovery 158 with a small gunter-rig sail left over from a long rotted small dinghy and sailed that for several years. Then came a Mad River Explorer and several versions of sail and rigging, from another gunter to a balanced lug, both sometimes with a mizzen and/or jib or genoa depending on wind strength on the day [...]

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