These outriggers will transform your solo or tandem kayak or canoe from a mono-hull into a fast sailing trimaran. Will convert kit or commercial kayaks to sail and will reward home builders with a project that is both eye-catching and fun to sail.
While the outrigger equipped kayak is a proper sailing boat, the beauty of the design is that you get your kayak back when you have finished sailing. The floats are attached to two very attractive bent beams which give the kayak or canoe a 10 foot beam.
Mounted on a single kayak, the acceleration is almost neck-snapping, with good handling upwind and down and a 9 knot potential. The builder must be prepared to undertake some minor additional work to adapt the outriggers to the kayak or canoe. The outriggers clip onto the kayak in a few minutes and can be removed for paddling or for carrying the boat on a roof rack.
This kit only contains what is needed to make the floats, so you can obtain the other items needed from a timber yard or use an old rig that you may have.
Plans and manual are available for those who wish to source the materials themselves and build the outriggers from scratch. After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form. I purchased the Skiff from Fyne Boats in late October 2002, having never built a boat before and possessing average DIY skills. In the last 8 years the boat has been used extensively by our family for sailing and fishing. Proper rowing and sailing skiffs are extraordinarily rare these days with most flat-bottomed skiffs designed for outboard motors.
It readily accepts a small outboard motor, and sails like a dream when fitted with her leg-o-mutton sail.


In July to September 2011, Classic Boat magazine features a three-part series of articles on building a Jimmy Skiff in three days at one of our supervised builds at our Lake District workshop. This option can be retrospectively fitted and it turns the Skiff hull into an able sailing boat. Under sail, the Skiff exhibits perfect balance and impeccable sailing manners in light or fresh breezes.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price. The plans of the panels with the cutting instructions are included so it is possible to build the boat from scratch using these plans and manual. On a light kayak or canoe, with some tweaking of rig and seating arrangements, these floats make for very fast and exciting sailing. With the outrigger removed, all that is left are four eyebolts and an easily hidden mast step: no bulky reinforcements or heavy gear.
After a hard day of sailing the floats and beams can be detached so that the whole lot will fit easily upon a car roof rack. The ten foot beam gives you monolithic stability (and thus sail carrying power with no hiking out), but the whole rig can be dismantled to car top in half an hour.
The compact kayak and rig can be cartopped to some far-flung archipelago, assembled on the beach, loaded with gear, and sailed 40+ miles in eight hours. There are two different sizes of sail for the Mk II sailing rig: the smaller is more than enough for fast sailing in solo kayaks and canoes and the larger sail is a good fit for most tandem kayaks or for pushing single kayaks a little harder.
The plans give full lofting details and the manual explains the techniques that will be used as well as a step-by-step guide to the assembly. It is easy to forget what a pleasure it is to spend an afternoon in a handsome, easily-driven rowing skiff, a boat that glides effortlessly with each stroke without dragging its transom. Both of the Mk II sails have a single full-length batten, a boom and a sleeve that fits over the aluminium tube mast.


The Mk III sailing rig includes a sail track to be pop-riveted to the aluminium mast, for easy hoisting. Hand tools were appropriate for most of the build which was completed in evenings and the odd weekend. One of the high points was sailing in Loch Sunart with our two boys accompanied by porpoises. Don't be deceived by the ample beam and stability; this boat rows well enough to cover miles in a day, whether it's to reach your fishing grounds or just to enjoy an afternoon on the water. Any rig can be fitted but the leg o mutton one usually fitted is simple to work and has a boom that is well above the heads of the crew. The traditional sprit boom means that the crew will never get whacked in the head during a surprise jibe.
In good weather, long crossings can be contemplated, and a theoretical voyage might carry you 250 miles or more in six days.
Due to its lightweight construction, it can be easily hoisted onto the deck of a larger boat or, if you have a large car, carried on a roof rack. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. The Mk III rig should be reserved for sailors with some skill and for kayaks with enough bow volume to handle the speed without submerging.



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