Using an adapter block to install a Falcon Sail rig on a kayak without a flat deck
Click here to download a pdf copy of our deck measuring tool.
Most kayaks do not have a flat deck that allows the Falcon Sail deck plate to lay flat on the deck. So an adapter block is necessary to solidly and properly rig a Falcon Sail on your kayak.
Every Falcon Sail complete rigging kit comes with a pre cut adapter block that will match the deck of your kayak. In the picture below you can see how an adapter block is used to transition from the non-flat deck on a kayak to the Falcon Sail deck plate (the black aluminum piece with the Falcon Insignia laser inscribed on it).
In the picture below, you can see
a standard pre-cut adapter block kit along with the complete deck plate
and deck support strut assembly. A pre-cut adapter block kit includes a deck adapter block
(shown in black) and an under deck adapter block (shown in white).
All these parts are included when you buy a Falcon Sail with a complete
rigging kit. At least one standard pre pre-cut adapter block kit is included with all Falcon Sail
Complete Rigging Kits. When you purchase a Falcon Sail With Carbon
Fiber Rig & Complete Rigging Kit, at the end of the purchase, we ask
what kayak you plan to rig the sail on, so we know what adapter block kit
to include with your sail kit. If you do not let us know what kayak
you will be rigging the sail on during the purchase process, do not worry.
We will make every effort we can to make sure we find out what kayak
you plan to rig the sail on before we ship your rigging kit.
On occasion, we will not have information on your specific kayak or may have questions and might ask for your help in determining what the best matching adapter block is for your kayak. If this is the case, we will send to you a PDF copy of our deck measuring tool. Click here to download a copy of it now. Our deck measuring tool shows the shape of all our standard pre-cut adapter blocks and makes it very easy to select what pre-cut adapter block is best for your kayak. Before you select what pre-cut adapter block is best for your kayak, you will need to determine where you will rig the deck plate / the base of your mast. You can call our shop or email us and we will quickly figure out the best place to locate your mast. Or you can use our instructions on deciding where to locate the mast.
|Contour gauge being used to make an adapter block|
block on Epic 18x Sport - Picture 1 of 2
Note how thin this adapter block is.
example the adapter block is made of teak.
Teak blanks are available on the Falcon Sail store.
|Adapter Block on a Sit on Top Kayak||Here is a nicely cut minimalist adapter block.|
|Contour gauge being used to make template of Eddyline Fathom deck ridge.||Adapter block installed on Eddyline Fathom deck ridge without the mast attached.|
|Here is a personal boat of the owner of Falcon Sails with an adapter block. It is a recreational boat.||Here is the owner of
Falcon Sails trying out an Eddy Line Sandpiper with an adapter block under
See his review at www.falconsails.com/equipmentreviews/eddylinesandiper/index.php
|Adapter block installed on Eddyline Fathom deck ridge with the mast attached in the down position.||Another Eddyline Fathom with an adapter block under paddle sail.|
|On occasion, it makes sense to use an adapter block blank, to raise the level of the mast base to allow for clearance when lowering the mast. Every Falcon Sail Complete rigging kit includes adapter block blanks which are perfect for raising the base of the mast.||An adapter
block installed on a Kruger Canoe.
This particular boat was used and came in first place in the 300 mile Everglades Challenge, used by a paddler that had never paddle sailed until just a few weeks before the Challenge.
|Here is an adapter block used on a Impex Currituck - Picture 1||Here is an adapter block used on a Impex Currituck - Picture 2|
|Here is the deck of a boat (Valley Nordkapp) with a curve that has a decent installation that does not involve an adapter block. A small amount of deck curve can be compensated for with a little bit of flex if the kayak is made of plastic. But still it is structurally better to use an adapter block when rigging if the deck has any curve.||Falcon Sails will provide an adapter block as needed for the boat you will be installing your sail rig on. The below picture provides some information on how it works. In this picture, it shows teak adapter block blanks, but our latest kit includes pre cut adapter blocks and also easy to cut plastic adapter block blanks.|
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