Do It Yourself Kayak Sails, A Guide and Resources

I have to be adamant before I start explaining some of the other do-it-yourself kayaks sail instructions that creating a kayaks sail yourself can be dangerous if you accidentally puncture something within your kayak or you do not correctly weigh the kayaks sail it could either cause your kayak to flied or your kayak to tip over. Make sure that you take all of the safety considerations and be very careful when you’re creating your own kayaks sail.

If you do choose to go ahead and create one there are a bunch of different options out there on the net that have given different guides on how to create kayak sails today were going to run through one guide that we have found to be one of the best out there. You can find the whole video at the very bottom of the page or you can follow along with the write up we’ve made of the guide itself.

A summary of what you will need to do from the do it yourself kayak sail video available at the bottom of the article.

  • Joining the pipes is a 1 ½ inch elbow 90
  • 1 tarp
  • Place the pipe shown on the tarp and cut the tarp with scissors 6 to 8 inches larger along
  • 2 boom
  • lines, don’t glue the elbow role on the tarp to mass then tap on the elbow tightly
  • 3 boom over eye bolt
  •  be sure that the grommet ring faces outwards
  • 4 melt holes
  • add lots of strong glue to the tarpon pipe and just tightly rollup the left side about wonderful wrap around the pipe set something on top to hold it down until the glue dries
  • 5 tarp holes
  • Boom is 4 ½ feet long
  • 6 mast hole
  • all seems were glued then sewed with simple parachute core
  • 7 connecting hook
  • boom slides over eyebolt the pipe is drilled both sides for a parachute cord to secure it to the mast/ sail
  • 8 pipe through
  • melt holes in the tarp with a hot Phillips screwdriver I use the lighter to heat it
  • tie the tarp to the mast in a few key places to hold the sail in place
  • 9 nearly finished
  • the mast sail is made out of two pieces of wood with one that had a hole drilled into it for attachment you wanted to fit right over the edges of the canoe.
  • I use the eye ring holders so you could tie it to the hooks and attach the two pieces of PVC together.
  • 10 scrap 2 by four
  • The PVC pipe fits right through the hole that was drilled from the outlet.
  • Some of the clips I used were a cut piece of 1 inch PVC spread and heated with a blow dryer to shape a lot of the work but they still looked nice
  • the bottom cut outs need to be cut to fit the boat laid them over the rails and draw lines to Mark and Chip out the groves
  • 11 hole without saw
  • use the bolts as thumbscrews and do not pierce the pipe so you can easily put the pipe into the hole in the kayak area
  • for the holder you can use a small scrap piece of 2 x 4 and outline the pipe over it so you know where to cut the hole
  • 13 pvc cut
  • if you don’t have a whole saw you can use a regular sought and cut around your lining you can then use a hammer and screwdriver to carve out the hole
  • cut 1 inch of PVC baseplate pipe about seven or 8 inches long
  • you can then cut the 2 x 4 in half and tap in the pipe into the whole
  • the 1 ½ inch pipe will then sit on top of the baseplate over top of the 1 inch and it can freely rotate
  • 14 fiberglass base plate
  • you can then based the plate with fiberglass and a finishing cloth matting the glass in the pipe too

Again I want to stress safety when building your kayak sail, make sure you are using your tools properly and your kayak sail works perfectly and is tested before going out too far on the water.

For the full do it yourself kayak sail guide go ahead and check it out here. Also be sure to take a look at our guide of the best kayak sails available here.

Want to buy a sail instead of doing it yourself? Check out our top pick below.

Our Top Choice Again Was the FeelWind Kayak Sail Kit

Coming in at a perfect budget-friendly price this sail is precisely what you want if you’re looking to save money and still take up the sport.

The FeelWind sail has been around for a while, and it’s always excelled as one of the most convenient options when looking for a kayaks sail. It is by no means advanced it’s very similar to a parachute merely pulling you and doesn’t let you have too much maneuverability, but it is a perfect sail to get you started. If you’re thinking about getting started with the sport, this is the recommended model for beginners that don’t want to deal with too much installation and hassle/learning.


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About Julian Thompson

cb787c59d2808e1f609076e790ca977e?s=90&d=mm&r=gCertifications: Certified Kayaking Instructor (AKA)
Education: American Kayak Association
Lives In: Denver Colorado

I am a kayaking expert/instructor who has been fishing for over 15 years. Fishing is my passion, but kayaking keeps me on the water. I love to share my knowledge of techniques and tips with others. I live in Colorado with my wife and two kids and own a small kayak rental business On Grand Lake where I rent and instruct.