Stand Up Paddlefish

signal charlie

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We noticed the Super Sailfish MKII was SUP size and wondered, could you paddle it? I paddled it around and it was very stable, I could even move around a bit. It tracked great and turned well. Then the spousal unit, who is a wee thing, took it out with the full rig on it, paddled around, raised the sail, dropped the daggerboard. I helped her put down the rudder, which is the biggest challenge with the old style rudder. Then she sailed around, capsized, righted, sailed back and lowered the rig. Even unstepped the mast. It was a blast!
So now we want to sell it on Craigslist as a SUP/sailing kayak/sailboat :)
 

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Very nice! I've sailed my Sunfish standing up, but never tried bringing along a long enough paddle to "SUP" it around.
We tried out a SUP paddle and kayak paddle on a bare Sunfish hull and it worked great. I stood just in front of the cockpit and in the cockpit.
 

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If you're paddling there's a good chance that there is no wind. We are currently playing around with a Greenland paddle, meant for kayaks, to see how we like it on the SUP. The Greenland paddle has a nice long foil like a glider wing, high aspect ratio, high span with relationship to mean chord, which means a lot of lift and minimum drag. Good for gliding but not for power, just pick up the stroke count a bit. Way less stress on the upper body. A Euro kayak paddle acts more like a shovel, you can move a lot of water.

Plus there is some more testing going on in the Sunfish Skunkworks, details to follow.

Cheers
Kent and Crash Test Dummy Skipper
 

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