February 11, 2006
Dad and I unloaded the mill and started disassembly. We didn't have any trouble getting things apart.
These pictures show the mill in various stages of disassembly.
However with the sail cleated off to the centre thwart it leaves both hands free to use the paddle. With the leeboard positioned to give the canoe a little weather helm (the canoe tends to turn into the wind) you can control the direction of travel with a paddle stroke on the windward side. If you paddle hard the canoe turns slowly away from the wind and if you paddle lightly it turns slowly into the wind. These paddle strokes add to the power of the sail whilst controlling the direction of travel. We found that with a light breeze we could travel into the wind with a few gentle paddle stokes at a speed of around 4 knots and as the wind picked up a bit we were travelling into the wind at an impressive 5 knots. This is called paddle sailing and it can be a very efficient way to travel.