Sail Rigs for Dinghies

Easy Clamp-On, Fold-up Sail Kit Transforms Any Open Fishing Boat, Rowboat or Dinghy Into A Sailing Dinghy!

Leeboards on the sides work like a centerboard or keel to let you tack into the wind.


Sail Rig folds down to a compact little 4-foot long package (a duffel bag as small as 7 inches x 12 inches x 48 inches would hold everything!), yet it sets up in about 30 minutes to transform your open boat into a sailboat.  No modification of your boat is required in most cases.  Everything clamps on.   You could even sail with your outboard mounted. Headroom is terrific.

Don't miss the video

Bottom half of this page has "Buy Now" links to add this kit and accessorries to your shopping cart.  The basic version of this rig is item 7000 below in "Ordering Details" section.

Here you see the rig on a Porta-Bote (8-foot model).    We have a special package of parts to adapt the rig to Porta-Botes.  Works on any Porta-Bote model.   Simpler, less expensive and more portable than any other sail kit for the Porta-Bote.  See more detail at bottom of page for Porta-Bote.
A sturdy T-shaped frame made of anodized aluminum attaches to the front section of your boat and the mast step (socket) and leeboards mount to this frame.

The boat in these pictures that we put our sail rig on is a Lowe Sea Nymph 12 footer.

Steering on the standard version of the rig is by a special wide-bladed ruddering oar, which pivots off a crossbar that clamps to your boat near the transom.  This rear crossbar has  pivot holes that accept the pivot pin attached to the ruddering oar, so you can steer from any position -- center, port side, starboard side, or in between, just by repositioning the oar.  So you can have a motor in the center and still steer off one side.   Steering from an off-center position makes no difference to the handling.   Get a second steering oar, put one on each side, and then you can switch to rowing to propel the boat in an instant, using the steering oars as rowing oars.

2 Package options with steering oar steering:

 The basic version is item 7000 (Buy Now), which has a 45 SF nylon sail , and steering oar type steering.  $599 $30 shipping.  This is everything you need to convert your boat for sailing, but no extras.  The sail, mast, spars, mast step, frame, leeboards, gunwale clamps, steering unit are all included.  If you want a sail kit bag, add item 6007 to your order.

Item 7001 is the rig with 55 SF nylon sail, heavy duty mast,  and carrybag in the steering oar version and it's $769 $35 shipping (Buy Now).


Click this link to see a short video on the sail rig for open fishing boats:   Dinghy-Kit Video

Current rudder design has black blade.

Optional kick-up rudder takes the place of the standard steering oar assembly.  You can still beach the boat with rudder mounted, because of kick-up blade.  Rudder is the most effortless steering method, but the steering oar provides much more control if you lose forward motion or for quick turns in tight spaces.  Item 7005 is basic rudder version Buy Now (same as 7000 but with rudder instead of steering oar steering)

Item 7002 is a deluxe package with bag and larger sail,  like 7001 but in the rudder version $799 $40 shipping (Buy Now).   

A clamp-on rudder eliminates the need to drill into your boat.  Clamps on just like a trolling motor.  To substitute clamp-on rudder for standard rudder, add item 7008 to your order of either 7005 or 7002.  Buy Now item 7008.

You can see details on the clamp-on rudder by reading the listing that offers it as a product by itself: :  See item 7007 here.  But you actually buy item 7008 not 7007 if you are ordering a sail kit at the same time so that you only pay the difference between the costs of the two rudder styles.



Worried about stability?  Add our stabilizer floats. Item 1006. The float arms snap into the front crossbar.   But most dinghies don't need them.  

For this and other options, look at:  Options, Upgrades, and Accessories!

One of the available color schemes for the sail. For more available color schemes click here.


Questions:  Email or call 978 263 7598

If your boat does not have a good lip projecting horizontally from the top edge of the gunwale (most boats do), then you will need two pairs of bolt-on j-brackets to receive our gunwale clamps (picture below).  Ordering info here.  Order 2 sets.  But most boats have a good lip.  Even the plastic West Marine Classic Dinghy accepts the clamps as is, with no j-brackets needed.  

You can use the links above to order these items or you can also find them on the canoe rig main page and the dinghy rig main page.  You can find a "buy now" link and description for any product if you know the number by putting an address into your web browser like this:   (replacing "7000" with the item number you want to see).  

Also, our search function works really well and you can just put a keyword or phrase into the search window, or the item number if you know it.  The search button is up at the top of the page on the right in the blue bar.

Rig for the Porta-Bote:  This same rig will work on the Porta-Bote with the addition of another, smaller  front crossbar  up near the base of the mast since the bow on a Porta-Bote is open and not suitable to support the front of the front assembly.  Bolt-on brackets to receive our gunwale clamps are also required, since the gunwale lip on the Porta-Bote is not suitable.   The brackets stay on the boat and the rig installation and removal is still a no-tool operation.  The brackets are quite unobtrusive.  The complete set of Porta-Bote adapters (consisting of 3 sets of bolt-on brackets, secondary front crossbar, and additional set of small gunwale clamps for the additional crossbar) is $69 (item 7004  Buy Now )  Picture below shows the small bolt-on bracket and how that mates up with out gunwale clamp.


"Your sailing rig is a good fit for the Porta-bote.  It's light-weight but sturdy and disassembles to a small space ...  It seems like the Porta-Bote sails slower than a boat its size built for sailing.  For speed, I recommend a Porta-bote owner obtain the larger sail. "

John, Traverse City, MI, July 2008   (Note:  Upgrade to larger sail is item 5011)

John sent us this picture of his Porta-Bote with our sail kit on it.   (Hey John -- Please raise your sail up to the top of the mast!)

Porta-Bote UK has bought a supply of our sail kits to sell in their market.   And they kindly shared photos with us of their test runs:

In this photo they are using our optional clamp-on center rudder instead of the steering oar system.  

Click this link to see a short video on the sail rig for open fishing boats:   Dinghy-Kit Video

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