Leeboards and capsizing vs outriggers

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Leeboards and capsizing vs outriggers

Post by restoreman123 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:38 am

Hi everyone, I don't anything about sailing a canoe, that said. Leeboards do they help keep a canoe from capsizing? Are outriggers single or double better? I have a skin on frame kayak that I built, my first, 2nd that belongs to my friend is much sleeker. She is a bit large in width and ht for a true kayak, but not as large as a canoe. I don't want to spend most of my time capsizing as I expect to often enough until I get a feel for it. Part of the question is how often does this occur? I don't see many people complaining about it and some of the canoes are loaded down from what I see in the postings. Okay hope to hear from someone - I am eager to get started with my experiment. If all goes well I will build another covered canoe next year with sailing in its design. Thanks in advance Vince :D

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Re: Leeboards and capsizing vs outriggers

Post by GBR242 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:45 am

Hi Vince,

Good to hear from you and thanks for posting to our 'International Open Canoe Sailing' topic area.

I am afraid as you might see, this area was set up to encourage discussion amongst those of us who build and sail open sailing canoes, however in reality it has never really been popular them. In fact, the only people you will find resident here are those sailing the 10sqM International Sailing Canoe, which is a pretty highly developed and fast sailing canoe built entirely for racing within some established and tight rules.....so I am not sure if you will get much useful feedback on the subject of capsizing and outriggers in an Open Canoe.

To make contact with guys building and sailing OCs, I would recommend getting in touch with the Open Canoe Sailing Group at: http://www.ocsg.org.uk/ and/or their Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/152444938788/ I think they would be able to give you some useful input.

In quick answer to your question: The main point of any 'board' whether it is a center-board, dagger-board or leeboard is to have a point/area of resistance, which when the boat is being pushed by the wind, provides the leverage to enable it to be sailed into the wind, albeit at an angle. When boards are weighted and/or deep, they may also lower the centre of balance of the boat/canoe, which along with the 'paddle effect' will add to the overall stability of the canoe, makin it harder to capsize.

Once a canoe has capsized, the boards can then be used to help lever the boat upright again, how full of water it is will then depend on the buoyancy you have in the canoe.

Hope this helps

Good luck with the build.

Two resources you may find useful are:
which shows a skin on frame sailing kayak, which shows has some similarities to the kind of boats we make and love:
but not an open canoe :-)


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