A New Era in Small-Craft Sailing.
Paddlers have been modifying small crafts like kayaks and canoes with
sails for many years, but the WindPaddle has begun a new era in small-craft
Serious Sail Design.
WindPaddle Sails looks like they are made by a sailmaker, because they
are! Combine modern materials, technology and proven sail design, and
you get a high-performance sail that's durable and easy-to-use.
Here's a breakdown of the technology:
The WindPaddle sail is made of ½-ounce rip-stop polyester spinnaker
sailcloth, the same material used on racing yachts. This material is
low-stretch fabric that will not absorb water or become heavy when wet.
A large, horizontally-oriented clear window in the center panel of
the sail allows for good visibility.
The Sail Seams.
All of the seams are sail-taped and sewn using traditional triple-stitch
zigzag sail seam construction. A triple-stitch zigzag results in a strong
seam where the panels are sewn.
The sail needs no installation of mast or rig, Instead we use our Perimeter
Batten Technology on all our
sails. The windowed sail is supported by a laminated and non-corroding
high-modulus yet highly elastic and virtually unbreakable perimeter
batten. This batten can be deformed (twisted, bent) yet will still return
to its original circular shape. The batten allows the sail to be coiled
into thirds (18% of its original size!) for compact stowage and storage.
The WindPaddle sail requires no modification to the boat or addition
of separate hardware. We have designed a clever WindHarness (patent-pending)
deck-mounting system that connects the sail to the deck of the boat
using existing hardware or deck lines.
The "Launching" and "Dousing".
WindPaddle sails use the stored energy in the coiled and stowed Perimeter
Batten to instantly launch and deploy the sail in less than a second
(watch our movies). The full sail can be coiled and folded in seconds
to be stored under a deck bungie cord. Compare the set-up, launching
and dousing of the WIndPaddle to any other sail system and you will
see the advantage. Easy - Fast - Safe.
Safe & Lightweight.
The unique circular design of the WindPaddle keeps the center of effort
low for stability, making this the safest small-craft sail available.
As wind speed increases, the center of effort remains fixed and doesn't
move up or down. And it's easy to de-power the sail instantly, so you're
always in control.
At 13 ounces, the WindPaddle "Adventure" sail is the lightest
weight sail available, and its compact size makes it convenient to slip
it in under your deck pack when not in use.