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Kombi Sail And Paddle Canoe


The Kombi Canoe is a classic 50/50 Sail and Paddle Canoe that comes from three sheets of plywood, part Sailing Canoe, part Paddle Canoe and designed and 100% gorgeous.

Line drawing from the plywood Kombi Sail and Paddle Canoe boat plan showing sail, leeboard and rudder.

Expected hull weights for the 50/50 Sail and Paddle Canoe

  • Length 4.74m (15’ 10”)
  • Beam 0.86m (34”)
  • Estimated Hullweight 4mm Gaboon Ply 2oz glass - 21kg (45lb)
  • 5mm Gaboon Ply glass tape – 25kg (55lb)
  • Hull depth as on an average 2-person paddling canoe

A lot of work has been done on improving the sailing stability of Sailing Canoes without compromising the amazing sailing speed. This design pushes the stability and sailing performance into a more paddling canoe format.

  • More stability for less stressful sailing performance and handling
  • A hullform much more along the lines of a paddling canoe than our previous Sailing Canoe work
  • More sailing dinghy style handling with less chance of stalling halfway through a manouevre.

In general paddling canoes make tricky sailboats. The symmetrical hull gives nice handling qualities - no dinghy style rounding up under pressure, But the fine ends of the classic paddling canoe shape has two negative effects. Stability can be reduced and the excellent directional stability of a good canoe makes it hard to tack.

The Kombi Sail and Paddle Canoe can be built from plywood from 5/32″ to 1/4″ or 4mm to 6mm.

And of course being canoe it is easy to transport and store.

Comments On Buoyancy For The Kombi Sail And Paddle Canoe
The aim with this design was to keep it simple and empty, like a paddling canoe.

Paddling canoes, whether commercial or from a plan, are often designed to be pretty empty.

For expeditions and different water conditions extra buoyancy is added as needed.

We think the most common variant will be the small tanks built in with enough buoyancy for the hull to be bailed out with care – and still very light. Then two sausage shaped buoyancy bags can be strapped on each side around the middle of the boat. End tanks stop ends sinking and the bags in the middle keep the gunwale well above water and give stability.

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  • Manufactured by: Michael Storer

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 11 February, 2021.

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