Instructables user TimAnderson writes:

This 5 meter spritsail rig makes a canoe go really fast. It’s easy to build, easy to control, easy to put up and take down. It tolerated gusts well and can be tuned for really light winds also. I use an aluminum sign as a leeboard and steer with a paddle.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Some guy

    I did a similar thing when I was a kid, but we tied 4 canoes together and strung a tarp between two paddles. It’s hard to know how far we sailed like this from lake to lake (northern MN), but it had to be 15-20 miles. Great fun.

  • Bandman

    Not exactly a “weather helm” though ;-)