Designed to sail heavier canoes and tandem boats the WindPaddle Cruiser is built for convenience, portability and power. WindPaddle Sails are great for making up time or just for the fun sailing. The Cruiser sail is the largest sail in the Windpaddle family and is heavy duty; able to handle large water conditions and winds from 4 to 30 knots. The stiffer expedition-grade batten holds the sail shape in heavy winds, but yet is pliable enough to coil and fold on top of the boat deck for storage. When you need it, the Adventure sail deploys in seconds, and can be controlled with a steering line that allows the paddler to control the sail with paddle in hand. The large center panel window allows for full visability when in use. Windpaddle Sails are universal and can connect to almost any secure point including deck lines, cleats, bungees, pad eyes, or fairleads. Take one with you on your next paddling adventure.
|Sail Area:||17.1 sq ft / 1.589 sq m|
|Weight:||1 lb 6 oz / 0 kg 624 g|
|Diameter:||56 in / 142.24 cm|
I ordered the Cruiser sail for my kayak and I love sailing down the lake in a stiff breeze. However, the clips that attach the sail to the kayak are rather flimsy and they keep unattaching themselves from the eye hooks. I called the manufacturer about the problem, but he only recommended tying a loop to the eye hook and clipping the sail to that.
Well I'm hoping that as time goes on I'll like it better but my first time out not so much! Maybe the lake I was on was too small I'm not sure but I had absolutely no control over the sail unless I reached forward and grabbed the top of the sail itself... The wind would change all of a sudden and blow right back in my face and was quiet entertaining to some I'm sure ! I have it on my fishing kayak and for one, up front where it's supposed to be is too far away for me and I have a LONG reach.... I'm wanting to move it back more towards me but that would leave a huge (void) underneath. The few times I did catch the wind I enjoyed it but I have to say too that the window they show in this picture is (a lot) bigger than the one I was sent!!!!! For right now I can only give it a (2)...
PROS: Good for doubling or tripling your speed downwind. Lightweight and easy to fold once you know how. Stows on the deck out of the way. Quick to move over to kayak, canoe, and back. Clear center lets you see where you are going. Faster/motorized boaters can spot you better at a distance. Durable materials. CONS: Somewhat expensive. You need steady wind for good results. This DOES NOT make your kayak/ canoe a sailboat - you cannot tack, go upwind, etc. Be careful not to let it dip to the sides as it will quickly fill with water creating an effective sea anchor. FINAL: A good way to 3X your time going downwind, but it's a one trick tool.
The Cruiser model is as big a sail as I wanted even for our usually mild SoCal winds. I got it for fun or emergencies, not typical day-trips. Rigging was simple and secure across the bow seat of my Hobie Oasis. With both mirage drives held vertical, I was able to make way downwind of course and even across the wind but paddling would be much faster in most conditions. In the rare event I'd want to sail it with a paddler in the bow, I might consider screwing extra padeyes in to the hull, because my existing deck lines are kind of floppy. Furling isn't that tricky, and I bungee it down because it won't fit into my hatch. Would be 5 stars but the window gets pretty wrinkly and hard to see through. This near-perfect sail canot make a kayaker like me a 5 star sailor!