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Flat Earth Kayak Sails - Footloose 80 - Limited Edition Tropics

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New Limited Edition Colour - Tropics

We’re coming into the season of clear tropical skies and trade winds in the north, and to celebrate we’ve released 10 of this limited edition ‘Tropics’ Footloose Sail. Featuring royal blue trim and an aqua blue clear panel, this’ll brighten up your day even if you can’t make the trek to the islands for now.

One of the features of this sail that distinguished it from most others in the kayaking world was the way the boom attaches to the cloth by simply being tied off to an end cap rather than having a pocket stitched into the sail to enclose the boom, as a minimalist design feature that has performed well for the Flat Earth Sails Team. Among it’s many virtues are ease of service and the ability to position the sheet line anywhere along the length of the boom for direct attachment. For this reason they have decided to name this sail the: “Footloose 80”.

The sail performed very well with a loaded boat during 18 months of testing by the Flat Earth Sails Team and held its optimal shape further off the wind than the Tradewind Sails.

It is important to note that this performance does come at a cost and that is the slightly higher heeling force applied to the kayak when sailing across the wind, and more notable, the greater acceleration when driven by gusts. This extra push onto the waves will exhilarate some and maybe intimidate others. For these reasons this is more of a sail for experienced kayak sailors looking for more outright drive to catch running seas and/or those paddling heavy kayaks.

If you like to cruise with the sail up and want a more relaxed ride or you have not sailed before then I would expect the tried and trusted Trade Wind series is still for you. Flat Earth Sails consider the Footloose 80 more as an addition to the range; a compact sail ideally suited to those experienced and adventurous kayaker sailors chasing some more performance without going to a bigger sail

Flat Earth Sails are manufactured in Sydney, designs by the late Mick MacRobb.

Complete kit includes sail, mast and all rigging.

Instructions - please see attached Youtube video (How to Fit a Flat Earth Sail - Mirage 580). Note that the hardware has changed a bit over time and may not necessarily be the same as in the video but the principles are the same! 

Kayak sails exert down-pressure on your fore-deck and it may be necessary to reinforce your deck prior to fitting.

Shipping: note that this product, due to its length, will be shipped by courier (fixed rate applies). Please specify a shipping address that is not a PO Box or Parcel Locker. You may wish to have it delivered to your business address or give Authority to Leave.

Product Videos

How to fit a Flat Earth Sail, Sea kayak, Mirage 580 (03:25)
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