4. Falcon Sails
Faction Sails is a great sail company, with amazing customer service. If you email the owner of the company he will instantly respond. Falcon Sails, use a carbon fiber material for their masts which is one of the better materials for a kayak. One of the main perks of choosing Falcon Sails, is its coolest online feature. The option to customize the mast; you can choose the colors of everything on the mast, you can choose how the lines go and what the logo looks like. This is the main reason I love Falcon Sails.
Other Notable Companies: PAS, Serenity, Complete
There are some other players in the kayak sail field and these are more customized. Some of these offering from serenity and complete were really impressive they come off as more advanced brands that create large oversized sails for professionals or kayakers looking for the best in quality materials. If you are willing to dish out the higher prices we would definately recommend checking these alternatives out. Especially our favorite the complete giant start, supernova and the serenity upwind.
Kayak Sailing is fairly a new concept, and even though it is a very simple sport to get a hang of, it is important to be aware of safety procedures and safety tips to have the best Kayak Sailing experience.
Know the surroundings of where you will be Kayak Sailing
Make sure you know the area that you will be kayaking in, to make sure you will not get into any hazards or incidents while Sailing your Kayak. Also understand there are boats and swimmers, so you know where those are and how to avoid them.
There are many variety of kayaks, and different sails. Some are meant for fishing, but some are meant for heavy winds and rapids. This is important that you pick the perfect sail for you, to maintain safety.
Keep your kayak clean!
To keep your Kayak and Sail looking good on the waters and more efficient and durable for longer make sure when you are done for the day clean your kayak and if you have been using it on the ocean to get any salt off that may degrade materials.
Know who is boating around you!
It is important to know who is kayaking, sailing or boating around you. This can stop many incidents and avoid collisions that could really harm you.
Make sure to bring some food and water
Even if you are planning just to be on the water for a couple hours, as a precaution keep a supply of food and water on your kayak in case anything goes wrong or you choose to stay longer. This is a very important safety precaution.
Know your own equipment!
This seems obvious but is important. Make sure you know how to use and coordinate the kayak sail, and understand how durable and what kind of things the Kayak Sail can handle.
Do It Yourself Kayak Sail
Creating your own kayak sail
could be an option if you don't want to shell out the money for a prebuilt one. However in all honesty some of the premade options are cheap and could save you a lot of hastle however we know theirs always those doityourselfers out there.
Example of a well drawn out plan.
The Basic elements of creating a kayak sail are listed below
Create and draw out a plan with dimensions and what materials you will need
Cut the tarp to your specifications (for this you need to choose a solid tarp material there are many options out there but a heavier duty plastic would probably be your best bet.
Cut piping (usually pvp piping is the best) creating a triangle shape for your mast, the mast must be secure and hold your sail.
Cut Rope and attach with hooks to your piping making sure to make the sail mobile so it has some give at the bottom of the pvc piping
Create wood block with dimensions for the bottom cutouts and a mount for the bottom of the kayak (more detailed instructions can be found in the video linked to and the attached documents.
Resource: 1. Video One (creating a Simple Sail for a canoe kayak for little over $20)
Resource: 2. Video Two Do it yourself kayak sail, rotatable kayak sail.
Make sure you read through this whole guide, because every single piece of information is important. From how to pick the right kayak sail to how to maintain your safety with one. I hope you learned a lot about kayak sailing and I guarantee Kayak Sailing will be your favorite hobby after you pick it up. Thank you for reading the guide, and happy sailing!