Why are Falcon Sails rigs the best compact sails rigs available?

If you are looking for a kayak sail so efficient that it allows you to sail up wind, perform great on all other tacks, is easy to use, light weight, easy to rig,
strong, highly reliable, allows you to paddle normally, and have on demand sailing in seconds, a Falcon Sail is for you! Our obsession with making the most capable and efficient sail kit possible has resulted in the best compact sail kit you will find anywhere. No compact sail kit is easier to use or more effective than a Falcon Sail. You can gain useful propulsion to within 30 degrees of straight up wind. When you do not want to sail, you can lower and fold a Falcon Sail to the size of a umbrella & secure it to your deck in seconds; You can raise a Falcon Sail even faster. No other kayak sail rig comes close to this.

The list of differences in our rigs from other compact rigs on the market are lengthy. Our design includes 7 patent pending features that put the Falcon Sail design in a class of its own. We use a composite single mast and boom design, proper sail cloth crafted into efficient air foil shape that allows for simplified handling, maximum propulsion per square inch, and impressive up wind capabilities. The Falcon Sail rig includes a custom designed composite mast and boom, precision machined parts, and all the quality hardware necessary to solidly install the sail on any canoe or kayak. A Falcon Sail kit includes everything you need to go faster, further, and have more fun.

Now that we told you the basic story of why Falcon Sails are the best compact sail kits available, you can read on to learn more.

Falcon Sail rigs are unique because we are obsessed with optimizing every detail. We started the development process by building around the best fundamental design. The most efficient design includes a single mast and a boom. We spent countless hours over years considering every aspect in excruciating detail. We analyzed every part for optimum size, shape, material, weight, and strength. We use advanced 3 dimensional modeling software to build, test, and rebuild our designs multiple times on a computer before anything is made. We obtained input from experts in aerodynamics, sailing, kayaking, mechanical and materials experts. We are not afraid to have multiple generations of prototypes as we learn from experience. We do not hesitate to go back to the drawing board if we think there is even a chance for improvement. All these processes resulted an awesome sail rig that includes 7 important and unique patented features packed into a durable kit that weighs under 3.5 pounds. All these advancements brings paddle sailing to a level never even dreamt of before. There are no compact sail rigs that come close to what a Falcon Sail can do.

The Falcon Sail will literally run circles around all the other compact rigs on the market. If you thought, impressive performance requires complicated bulky and heavy rigging, think again. At less than 3.5 pounds total a Falcon Sail with rig, performance exceeds that of many complicated bulky rigs over 20 pounds and more.

Probably the best feature found in a Falcon Sail is the ability to go from normal paddling, to paddle sailing in just a few seconds. A Falcon Sail can be rigged to always be out of your way when paddle sailing or just paddling. Another awesome feature of the Falcon Sail rig, is that it can be lowered and stowed completely out of the way in seconds

A Falcon Sail rig provides what all beginner and advanced paddle sailors are looking for. A paddle sailor at any level wants great performance, in a rig that is very easy to use, easy to rig, compact, lightweight, durable, reliable, easy to control, and stays out of the way.

You can have the best kayak sail available anywhere with made in the USA quality and factory direct to you pricing. We guarantee you will be happy with your purchase.

Read on if you want to learn about the specific mechanical factors that give Falcon Sails a level of performance not found anywhere else.

The Sail

We began our design process building on the most proven simplistic sail and rig configuration there is. It includes a single mast and a boom. 99% of small sail boats follow this pattern because it has proven to be the best. After thousands of years of development of small sail boats, this configuration is the clear winner in the books of experienced sailors and sail designers. When you compare the performance of a kayak sail with a single mast and boom design, verses any other kayak sail configuration, you will see the superior nature of the single mast and boom design. A well-made single mast and boom design will always be easier to handle, go faster, and have better up wind capabilities than any other configuration. Beyond the incredible performance, a feature of a single mast and boom design, is the fact that 90% of the sail control is done with one single line. In the sailing world that single line is called a sheet line. A sheet simply pulls the boom toward the center line of the boat for going up wind, and lets the boom out for going down wind. A paddle sailor starting with no sailing experience, can master this basic concept in a few minutes.

If you want a sail that will provide propulsion in all sailable directions, the single mast is the only way to achieve this. A proper airfoil shaped sail on a solid mast and boom, gives performance never thought possible with typical kayak or sail thinking.

There are several other advantages to the single mast design. A single masted sail is much easier to lower than a 2 masted / V mast design. With the typically 2 masted design, when you pull on 1 mast to lower it, the other mast is still upright for some time, which leaves the paddle sailor vulnerable to having the full wind force on the sail pushing the boat in the direction of being capsized. The alternative to having a 2 masted sail's full force pushing you in the capsize direction when lowering is to let go of your paddle so you can use both your hands to lower both masts at the same time. When you feel out of control these complications are the last thing you want to be facing.

With a single masted Falcon Sail you can easily depower your sail by letting the boom out and pointing the sail in a direction that it will weather vane. This cannot be done with any other general layout of sail used on a kayak or canoe. Another advantage of the single masted design is it provides a lower center of force than the other configurations which means less healing force.

One other great advantage of the single masted sail is, you can paddle directly into the wind. You can do this even in heavy wind. All you have to do is let the sail weather vane, and keep paddling. This is very handy if you need to quickly stop for a moment, or get around an obstacle that requires going straight into the wind. Another benefit of this is, you can raise the sail pointing directly into the wind or down wind. Paddling directly into the wind, or raising a sail when facing the wind is impossible with any other kayak or canoe sail layout.

The Falcon Sail kit is the only compact sail kit with a proper air foil shape. If you look at a Falcon Sail, you will see its curved air foil shape. It is similar to an airplane wing and is very effective at providing lift. Some of our competitors claim their compact sail rigs allow a paddle sailor to reach (being able to go back and forth across the wind), as though that is amazing. Our testing indicates most of these claims are just not accurate. With a falcon Sail reaching is well inside its power range. Most other kayak sails lose power and slow down or stall before actually reaching. With a Falcon Sail you can literally sail up wind. If everything is optimized you can actually gain useful propulsion to within 30 degrees of straight up wind. It is not unusual for a Falcon Sail customer to report even better performance than 30 degrees. No other compact rig comes even close. A Falcon Sail can provide useful propulsion up to 30 degrees to the left of straight up wind, and 30 degrees to the right of straight up wind. This means you can make use of a Falcon Sail in all but 60 degrees of the 360 degrees of travel.

See http://www.falconsails.com/KayakSailingFAQ.php#direction to learn more about wind direction vs. sailing direction.

A good airfoil sail shape will reduce healing force by converting some lateral force into propulsion. Trading some heeling force for forward propulsion is an exchange anybody is happy to make.

A proper sail shape will not only provide amazing upwind performance, it will also provide the best downwind performance. On downwind runs the curved shape will hold and provide lift as air escapes over its air foil shape. A typical flat sail (or sail made with inferior cloth) will spill air and lose power because the edges fold over and air is not captured by the sail.

In addition to having a great air foil shape, Falcon Sails are made of 3.8 ounce per square yard Dacron proper sail cloth. Dacron is crisp and does not stretch so it will not deform. 3.8 ounce Dacron is ideal for small sails. It is used extensively on windsurfing sails, and small boat sails. Dacron holds its shape amazingly well. Most other kayak sails are made of nylon which has a lot of stretch to it. Material under 2 ounces per square yard is typical among sails that compete with Falcon Sails. Nylon is made for spinnaker sails, and is not well suited to main sail designs. Worse yet some compact sail makers use non sail nylon material that is better suited for tents and or bags. The bag we provide for our sails is made of better material. Other kayak sail makers use sail cloth with impressive names such as code zero made for specific purposes other than a main sail. These mystical sounding names sound neat, but in reality provide no benefit and are inferior to sail cloth made for main sails and wind surfing sails. A cool marketing name does nothing for the performance or durability of a kayak sail. Since we are a service oriented company, we will obtain any sail cloth you like and make a sail for you out of this material. Some kayak sail makers simply take a standard sail boat sail and scale everything down in size in direct proportion to the size of the sail. This method produces a sail that is not ideal for kayaking. If this theory where true, kayak sails should be made of 1/2 ¼ ounce or less per square yard material. Since a sail on a mast and boom is a main sail, typical main sail material (like 3.8 oz. Dacron) should be used. The additional 2 or 3 ounces of material weight and extra cost put into a Falcon Sail is well worth the extra performance and durability gained with the higher quality material. We are obsessed with minimizing weight, but will not take a huge step backwards in performance or durability just to save a few ounces.

Another unique feature of the Sail included with a Falcon Sail kit, is the smart window location. Falcon Sails include a perfect sized window that is straight in front of your line of sight. Most single mast kayak sails have window locations well away from your main line of site. This is because they simply scale down all parts of a larger sail on a 1 to 1 basis for their designs and do not think about how proportions change as things are scaled down. The Falcon Sail has a smart window location that allows you to see much better than a typical kayak sail window will. At the same time the Falcon Sail window is not too big. Window material is necessary for making a window, but it makes poor sail cloth. It is heavy, hard to fold, very stretchy, less durable, and hard to repair. If it were great sail material, it would be used for more than just windows in large sails. Unfortunately some kayak sail makers ignore or are not aware of the problems with window material for sails. Some make huge windows that are great for marketing, but are a very poor choice for actual sailing. The Falcon Sail design includes a well thought out balance between size and location of window.

Besides having a smart window location we are very particular about choosing the best possible weight and quality of window material.  Our windows are made of super clear and triple polished material.  We precisely cut them to the perfect size with our cnc machine so they precisely match our laser cut sail panels.  Without a precise fit, their are either ugly overlaps or underlaps or unnecessary air foil shape changes.

The Falcon Sail has special mast pocket material that is perfect for a kayak sail. Just like a wind surfing sail designers choose to use special mast pocket material, so does Falcon Sails. Falcon Sails mast pocket is made of a material that is supple, soft, and visually attractive. This allows for the sail to transition nicely around the mast and also makes folding of the sail a lot easier. Most kayak sail makers use the same material for the sail panels as they do for the mast pocket, which is not as desirable as using proper mast pocket material.

As a nice touch Falcon Sails puts a small brass grommet at the top of the sail to make easy to take proper care of our sail. Just like fine clothing should be hung, your Falcon Sail should be hung also. The small brass grommet is also handy for attaching a streamer to be used as wind direction indicator.

Lastly and not least important is all Falcon Sails are cut in the USA using precision computer controlled laser cutter.  This means our sail designs are consistently precision cut to the same exacting standards every time. This consistency has further improved our ability to continually perfect and refine our designs.  This also seals the fabric edges to prevent any fraying.  Like everything else we do, we use the bests production and design methods available anywhere.

Mast and Boom construction

Falcon Sail masts and booms are very stiff and very strong. We use carbon fiber because it is superior in weight and stiffness to any other material available with todays technology. Just like on a sail boat, a stiff and strong mast is far superior to a mast that flexes or worse yet bends or breaks. Without a solid and predictable mast, a proper air foil shape advantage will be lost. A great sail shape is destroyed when a mast flexes or bends. The ideal mast bends very little.

Falcon Sail masts and booms, are purpose designed. They are filament wound and made out of thermoset epoxy based prepreg carbon fiber. Filament winding and epoxy based thermoset composites are used in the most advanced aerospace industry products. Using prepreg fibers create the most dense fiber patterns that can be designed for minimum weight, maximum strength, and can be reinforced in stress areas to virtually eliminate breakage. Epoxy resin creates the strongest bonds for more strength and stiffness. Filament winding allows for exact computer controlled orientation of fibers to focus strengths and reinforcements where necessary. As we developed our masts and booms, we found that even in fiberglass they are far stiffer and stronger than other compact sail kits available on the market. Our carbon fiber mast is significantly stiffer and stronger yet. You can learn a bit about the value of our composite masts at www.falconsails.com/KayakSailingFAQ.php#carbon.

Many compact sail kit makers, use off the shelf aluminum tubes for their mast and other parts. Aluminum flexes without much force, and worse yet easily bends. No aluminum mast can compare to a properly designed composite mast. Our competition that uses off the shelf aluminum tubes for masts cannot get the ideal strength to weight compromise that should be part of every design. An off the shelf aluminum tube mast is something you would expect to find on a home made kayak or canoe sail rig, but not on a sail rig made by somebody advancing the art and science of kayak sailing.

Another great feature of Falcon Sail masts and booms are the precision machined friction fit joints that allow you to break the kit down for compact storage and transport. When broken down the longest piece in a Falcon Sail kit is less than 28 inches long. With this feature the entire kit can be packed into a bag that is smaller and lighter than the lightest backpacking tent. The Falcon Sail reinforced friction fit joints result in a mast and boom that are more solid than they would be if they were only one long solid piece. Any competing compact sail kits that have a take apart mast, have easy to make loose fitting joints that allow the mast to wobble around on top of flexing and bending more than necessary.

Boom design

The Falcon Boom is made of prepreg epoxy based composites just like the Falcon mast. The Falcon boom is independent of the sail rather than a boom that is integral with the sail as found in some compact sail kits. Some canoe and kayak sail kits do not even have a boom. A sail without a boom loses efficiency an all points of sail. A boom is critical in sailing to keep the sail spread out to catch as much wind as possible. A boom also helps preserve the designed air foil shape. A sail without a boom can lose up to half its power on some points of sail, and still have all the controllability issues of the full size of the sail.

An independent boom makes it possible for the Falcon boom to include an outhaul line. Outhaul lines are not possible with a boomless design, or a design with a boom that is integral to the sail. Outhaul lines are used to pull on and adjust the tension on the clew (aft corner) of the sail. An out haul line is critical for making sure every square inch of sail material can be presented to the wind in the most efficient and powerful way. An outhaul is handy for those who like to adjust the shape of the sail with a goal of making the most efficient air foil. If you want to make the most efficient sail shape you need to have an adjustable outhaul line like the all Falcon Sail rigs have.

Another feature that an independent boom allows the Falcon rig to have is a boom vang. A boom vang is a simple line designed to only pull the boom down. It will not pull the boom to the center of the boat. This is very handy as you let the sheet loose (the main boom control line) to let the sail out to take advantage of a tail wind. On all points of sail, a sail boom will rise, which reduces the effective sail area and available power. This is especially true when running with the wind to your back. The patented Falcon boom vang design is simplistic and at the same time highly effective. It has ideal geometry that only pulls the boom down. Boom vang lines are important but completely overlooked on most (if not all) other compact sail rigs on the market. Boom vangs are even forgotten on most of the bulky complicated rigs on the market. Sometimes an owner of a non-Falcon rig will try to add a boom vang after they notice the problem. Without a independent boom, a boom vang is not possible to rig. Because good geometry involves forethought in the original design, these afterthought boom vangs are not simplistic or effective. Without ideal geometry, the boom vang will pull the boom to the center line of the boat, which will result in lost power in anything less than a stiff wind. To make things worse, many kayak and canoe sail rigs layout make using a boom vang of any kind vang impossible.

Booms, boom vang lines, and outhaul lines allow for taking full advantage of every square inch of sail area you carry. With these parts a smaller sail can provide more power than a larger sail. With these features you can have the benefits of an easy to handle small sail and still have more power than a harder to handle larger sail. Since kayaks and canoes are so small, it is critical to keep everything as compact and controllable as possible and at the same time keep every square inch of sail area as effective as possible. Expert and beginner sailors want a rig that provides these ease of handling and maximum efficiency per square inch features.

In addition to providing power, boom vang lines and outhaul lines are 2 handy tools for reducing power when necessary. If you loosen both these lines it will reduce your power. See http://www.falconsails.com/KayakSailingFAQ.php#reef to learn more about reefing and depowering kayak sails. If the Falcon Sail power reduction options are not enough for the situation, you can easily lower your Falcon Sail rig and reduce your sail power to zero in a few seconds.

Standing rigging

Another feature of the Falcon Sail rig is standing rigging that consistently holds the mast in a straight up and down and centerline orientation. This solid and consistent mast orientation provides for more power, more predictable forces, and more efficiency (especially when sailing up wind). This makes it possible to use a smaller sail that is easier to handle, but still more effective than sails quite a bit lager. This effective use of power is very important in compact sail kits. We are not aware of any compact kayak sail rig that are as solid as a Falcon Sail rig is. A solid mast that is held up in a secure and solid way also makes for a smoother and more assuring motion than what a wobbly mast provides. A sail in a consistent orientation is more predictable than a sail on a rig that is continually changing shape and orientation.

If a mast is allowed to flop around as you go over waves, it will lead to a feeling of being out of control. Some common sail designs use shock cords for standing rigging. Using shock cords to hold a mast up make for a super wobbly sail rig. When these masts flop around it is very unsettling at times. A flopping mast with shock cord standing rigging will give you an extra little surprise push as it changes directions / flops back to its neutral position. Makers of sails that use shock cords for standing lines present it as a good idea to have a sail that automatically pops up on its own. This spring loaded raising of the sail works against you in so many ways. First rigs supported by shock cords dumps power randomly all the time. With a Falcon rig you can depower the sail on your demand, and you can preserve the power without interruption if you like. Another issue with shock cord standing rigging is, you have power constantly going up and down, which means you have to continually adjust to the power and heeling forces as they change. When you want to lower the sail that is held up with shock cords, it is prone to popping back up until you manage to secure it. This can be very unsettling as you are trying to get things under control. Worse yet, if you let go of the lines you use to control the sail, the masts and sail can actually fall forward and become a serious problem. With a Falcon Sail, you pull a line to raise the sail, and when you want to lower the sail you pull on the line to remove it from the jam cleat and the mast falls right to you. It can not fall forward. Some kayak sail makers use shock cords on control lines such as the sheet line. It sounds like a good idea in theory, until you experience the unsettling feeling of a sail that dumps air, and flops back into full power over and over creating a unsettling pulsating force.

High quality lines

To have the most solid rig possible, you must have very low stretch lines. Good low stretch line is only available at suppliers of fine marine hardware. Every Falcon Sail rig comes with pre-stretched 3.5mm black Dacron line. This line is ideally sized, looks great and performs very well. High quality very low stretch solid black line is hard to find. Its great appearance is well worth the effort we make to keep it in stock. If a mast is held up with lines that stretch the mast will lean when there is force on it. When a mast leans, you lose power and wind force is more likely to be converted into heeling force. Stretchy line negatively impacts the standing geometry design. The strength of a standing rig is only as strong as its weakest link. Worse than losing power from a leaning mast, a mast supported by stretchy lines is more likely to come down at the worse possible moment.

Line attachment hardware.
Falcon Sail low stretch standing lines are attached to the mast using our truly unique and patented junction ring line attachment method. Falcon Sail standing lines are attached to a precision machined aluminum junction ring. The junction ring is attached to the mast by being sandwiched between 2 sections of the mast. It is very solid and at the same time, very easy to remove. At the other end of the low stretch lines they are connected to the boat by quick release cast stainless steel gate clips. With a Falcon Sail rig, you can quickly change lines so you can move the rig from one boat to another boat very easily. That means you can have 1 sail rig that can be precisely tuned for each of your boats by using lines that are precisely and securely adjusted to match each boats layout.

Other kayak sail makers attach standing lines to their masts by drilling holes in their masts. Falcon Sail masts do not have holes drilled in them. Drilling holes (for rivets, screws, and or pins) creates a substantial weak point in a mast. When holes are drilled in masts, you reduce the overall strength of the mast as though it was substantially smaller. This is especially true of small masts. It is like carrying a heavier mast and only having the strength of a smaller mast. With the methods that involve drilling holes in the mast, lines cannot easily be removed. Another problem is rivets can pop out and pins can be lost. Field repairing a rivet that has popped out or replacing a lost pin, is about as impossible as fixing as mast that bends or breaks due to a weak point caused by drilling a hole in a mast.

Falcon Sails standing rigging includes all the lines you need to keep your mast standing solidly thru any wind you can handle. You can use all 5 standing lines (1 forestay, 2 side stays, and 2 back stays) for the most solid rigging, or you could use just 3 standing lines if your boat is solid, or you will not go out in heavy wind.

Another amazing feature of the Falcon Sail rig is the specialty knots used in our standing rigging. Our high quality low stretch line along with creative and simplistic knots allow you to precisely adjust the length of your side and back stays, to keep your mast in the precise orientation you want. These knots are always easy to loosen for easy adjustment yet when they are set in place, they will not move.  When possible, Falcon Sails is happy to use the a superior simplistic solution over a complicated less desirable solution.

Mast base universal joint

Falcon Sail masts have a beautiful custom designed and precision machined universal joint at its base to allow easy raising and lowering of your sail. This patented universal joint is engineered and machined to tight tolerances measured in thousands of an inch just like all our machined parts are. It will easily hinge to allow the mast to lower all the way to the deck of the boat when you want it to. It will not go far beyond the deck level to help sailors maintain even better control of the rig. When the mast is in its standing position supported by the standing lines, the Falcon universal joint allows for zero lateral ( or any other direction ) movement, which is one of the many reasons why the Falcon Sail rig is so solid. This universal joint gives you the best of 2 worlds. You can have a mast that is solid as a permanently mounted mast that does not come down, and at the same time have a mast that can be lowered and secured in the down position in seconds.

The Falcon universal joint also has patented integral line fairleads engineered into it that allow for a proper downhaul line, and boom vang that create line forces with the ideal geometry. It is a simplistic, unique, and very effective feature. There is nothing to break, or get in the way.

The best alternative to the Falcon Sail universal joint on the market today is made of an off the shelf tiller extension joint repurposed as a mast base joint by riveting it to an aluminum tube. There are 2 kinds tiller extension joins we have seen used on sail kits that try to compete with the Falcon Sail kits. One is a metal swivel designed to be a tiller extension joint. That one is difficult to remove from the boat because it uses an easy to lose clevis and retaining pin. This joint is a actually a swivel, and not really a universal joint, so it cannot freely move in all directions, so it could exert damaging forces on the deck of a kayak or hesitate to come down when you really need it to come down. When the pins are removed to remove the sail from the kayak, it leaves a sharp and abrupt bracket on the deck of the boat. Additionally its base is too small to properly transfer sailing forces to your kayak.

Another universal joint used on some non-Falcon Sail kits is a flexible rubber tendon tiller extension joint. It is easier to remove than the metal swivel style, but that ease of removal creates its own problems. A rubber tendon sounds good in theory until you get out on the water. It is just not strong enough. It will deform vertically and horizontally as soon as there is much wind pushing on the sail. This kind of tiller extension joint is designed for easy disconnection when used as an actual tiller extension joint. Unfortunately when repurposed as a kayak sail universal joint it tends to disconnect from the boat at the worst times. It is strong enough for its designed purpose as a tiller extension joint, but is not strong enough to safely act as a kayak sail universal joint. A purpose made rubber tendon works great on a windsurfing mast since a windsurfing mast has the benefit of the windsurfer acting as dynamic and reactive standing rigging to compensate for the tendon deforming under pressure. Additionally it is purpose made, to handle the forces involved. This is not the case with tiller extension joints repurposed as a mast base universal joint on a kayak sail.

Tiller extension joints are designed to handle forces that are far short of what a kayak sail will create. Tiller extension joints fall way short of the purpose designed universal joint that comes with a Falcon Sail.

Another style of mast base that competes with the Falcon Sail mast base, is one where the mast base is secured by nylon straps leading to fittings on the side of the boat. Securing a mast base this way allows the mast base to move around which leads to a very insecure mast. This style of mast base also leads to a down force that is continually moving on the deck of the boat. This style of mast base is very insecure and can create significant damaging to a kayak deck in just 1 outing.

Mast base connection

A Falcon Sail can go from being in its bag, to securely on your boat in 30 seconds. This is part of the reason Falcon Sails allow you to go from paddling like you always have one day to paddle sailing on demand the next. All connection points are solid, and at the same time very easy to connect or disconnect. Some compact sail kits are as easy to rig at the launch site, but none are easier or as secure. Many compact sail kits take a lot more time to rig. The big rigs can take over an hour to set up at the launch site.

The patented Falcon mast base connects to the kayak using our custom designed precision machined black anodized deck plate and mast base car system. The Falcon Sail deck plate is 2 inch x 2 inch x 1/4 inch thick with beveled edges to make it snag free. The deck plate includes some really cool laser inscribed artwork. It is thru bolted to another 2 inch x 2 inch x 1/4 inch black anodized aluminum under deck plate. Combined these low profile parts are extremely solid and become part of the boat. The mast base car can be attached to this deck plate in seconds. When the mast base car is attached to the deck plate it is very solid.

The falcon sail kit comes with all the hardware you need.

Falcon Sail kayak kits come with all the hardware necessary to properly install a complete sail rig. It includes high quality cleats, fair leads, tie down kits, pad eyes, quick release stainless clips, stainless steel fasteners, high strength rivets in case your boat requires them, pulleys, and black colored very low stretch Dacron lines. We continually search for the best hardware for our sail kits. If we find something better, we upgrade our kits. If we think off the shelf parts just are not good enough we are happy to create new parts that make our rigs even better. For example we have proprietary micro fairleads for running lines that are not only small, but as small as possible and still be good. That means you have less physical obstructions to get caught on. They look a lot nicer also. We could settle for the generic easy to find pad eyes that are cheaper and over sized, but we do not.. Our fairleads and many other parts are found only with a Falcon Sail kit. Falcon Sail kits also include a full length bag designed to hold fully assembled rig for easy storage and travel to the launch site. The sail bag is very handy, and is provided free with every Falcon Sail kit sold.  

At Falcon Sails we obsess over the smallest details. Having a complete kit with even the smallest parts optimized for kayak sailing makes for a much better installation and kayaking experience.

Not only do we obsess about having the best quality parts we can find, but we obsess over packaging and labeling them so you have the best experience possible as you unpack the kit and rig the kit.  Every part is packaged to help our customers find what they need, and stay organized as they install their rig.

In addition to all this, we make sure we know what kind of boat the sail rig is going to be installed. We evaluate the boat, and then make a install plan and make sure you have the parts necessary for your boat. No high quality kayak sail rig can be a generic one size fits all. The Falcon Sail rig is close, but if you need something above and beyond our standard kit, we will make sure it is included in your kit. That way installs go smoothly. We make nice touches when we have a chance. For example. If we are sending the kit to somebody with a wood boat, we will upgrade the stainless steel pad eyes and screws to brass just so it looks better on your boat. We treat every customer just how we would treat a friend. We enjoy giving upgrades to improve our customers experience and do it quite frequently.

Mast support strut

The geometry and forces of a good sail rig require a mounting area for the base of the mast that is solid. When a sail is pushing hard the down force on the mast increases. Many times this down force is significant and will cause the deck of most kayaks to flex. Falcon Sails addressed this problem by developing another simplistic patented feature to reinforce the deck of your kayak. A rubber footed deck support strut is connected by a hinge to the under deck plate. The strut can be cut to length to make a precision sized strut for your boat, that allows the deck to be supported by the hull. The deck support strut can be swung out of the way or completely removed in seconds. That way you can still easily pack your boat for those overnight adventures. A few boats are solid enough to support the mast, but the strut is included in every kit Falcon Sails sends out to make sure you are covered.

To take reinforcement a step further, Falcon Sails has includes a proprietary self adhesive reinforcement patch for your hull to be placed under the mast compression strut.

Any kayak sail kit that does not come with a deck reinforcement feature will lose stability and damage the kayak as the deck of the kayak flexes as force is applied. Worse yet a proper sail rig without some deck reinforcement will probably not stay standing, when the paddle sailing really becomes fun.

Sail tie down kits

Focusing on simplistic solutions usually provide the best results. The Falcon Sail tie down kits are a great example of this principle. One of our early customers is a lady paddler with arthritis inflicted joint problems. In her problem we found inspiration. We always listen, and thanks to her we were inspired to further simplify our tie down system. Make our sail rigs great for somebody that is not so strong has resulted simplistic features that are great for everybody. Our sail tie down system consists of 1 pad eye, one shock cord loop, and a lashing hook. Once you release the forestay line to lower your sail, you can lash it down in seconds. Not only is this system fast, you can hook the shock cord over your sail, with just 1 finger. One other beauty of this system is, it gently compacts the sail to keep it as small as possible and secure on your deck.

If you have a sit on top kayak, you can use the second tie down kit we provide for compact sail stowage. The compact stowage system involves removing the top section of the mast and then folding the mast. This system is not as fast, but can be very handy. Even if you do use the compact stowage system, the fast stowage system, is very effective, super-fast, and always available.

Solid rigging & great sail design lead to more power.

We mentioned most all these features included in a Falcon Sail rig that make it so solid, but its worth mentioning again. The Falcon Sail quality material, and advanced airfoil shape provide the basis for an efficient and effective package. Every element of the Falcon rig is focused on taking advantage of everything the Falcon airfoil can do. All the rigging is made to allow a kayak to carry a solid and reliable mast. All this adds up to small easy to handle sail that provides more power and more effective up wind performance than competing sails of even a larger size. The solidness comes from all the features working together. Any rig that is missing even one of these features will be substantially less solid, less reliable, and less effective. Your sail rig is like a chain. It is only as strong as its weakest link. Since no competing rigs have all these features, there are no close seconds to a Falcon Sail.

Modular design

Falcon Sail rigs and sails are made to be interchangeable.  If you own a Falcon Sail rig, you can quickly rig any size or style Falcon Sail on it.  So if you happen to start out with a 1.0 sail with a complete rigging kit you have everything  you need to fly a 1.4 square meter falcon sail.  This also works in reverse. This means you only have to buy 1 rig for any size sail Falcon Makes and also only have to rig your kayak 1 time to be able to use every sail we offer.  It also means you can carry multiple size sails and easily change out one for the other as conditions change.  Now you do not have to worry about outgrowing your sail and rigging kit, or not having the flexibility you may want as your kayak sailing adventures change over the years.


Our main design goal is to have a great functioning rig with top performance. With out focusing on style the functional aspects of the Falcon sail & rig look great. In addition to the natural beauty of an advanced functional rig, we did focus on style where it would not impact performance. To take the styling a step further we give our customers the option to easily order a custom designed sail. You can choose from many colors for every part of your sail for a 1 of a kind design. To take it a step further, you can order a Falcon Sail out of any sail cloth material you would like. We have a great inventory of other cloths, and have access to all the cloths made by the top sail cloth makers around the world for you to choose from. Just give us a call.

Other features

Another nice feature Falcon Sail rigs have that some other designs do not have, is the ability sail without having to hold the sail or lines with your hands. Many kayak sail designs require that you hold onto the sail, or mast, or lines. A sail that requires constant use of one or both hands is inferior to a sail that can stand on its own. When you are kayak sailing it is a very bad idea to require that your hands be used for something that can be taken care of with a good design. You need your hands to hold your paddle and use your paddle. A sail that requires the constant attention of your hands will be used as a novelty and that is about it. With a Falcon Sail you can hold the lines with your hands of you want, but that is absolutely not necessary. To make things a lot nicer, Falcon Sail kits include the best quality jam cleats available. The Falcon jam cleats hold line reliably and quickly and solidly every time you use them. You can set, adjust, and release lines in these cleats with 1 hand in under 1 second. They include integral fairleads that make it so your lines will not be lost if you let go of them by mistake.

Some sail kits require you to hold lines or masts all the time. Some rigs settle for a slight improvement over this where cleat rigging requires the focused use of 2 hands to set, adjust, or release lines. Using a sail that requires the use of 2 hands at any time is a bad idea. Imagine those times when you really want to make a fast adjustment to take care of a wind gust, and you have to completely let go of your paddle, and focus on dealing with a line using both of your hands. This is a horrible requirement. All sails should be rigged in a way that they can work and be adjusted on demand for extended periods of time without requiring the attention of 2 hands.

When you buy a Falcon Sail, it includes everything you need to properly install a solid, and easy to use sail rig. Every part you may need is included with every kit we sell. If you tell us what kind of boat you have, we will triple check to make sure we send everything you need.

A full length sail bag is included with your kit. There is no need to break anything down. Once you are done taking a minute to disconnect your Falcon Sail from your boat, you can just slide the sail in the bag. There is no need to disassemble your sail rig.

General Business

Falcon Sails are made in the USA by kayak sailing fanatics with direct from the maker to you prices.  We are obsessed with kayak sailing, and are continually refining our design.  If we see an opportunity for improvement, we go back to the drawing board.  This approach is the main factor, that makes the Falcon Sail rig the best kayak sail you will find.

Besides our desire to deliver the best possible rig at the best price, we sell directly because we want to be in contact with you. When you call, you will be talking to somebody that thinks all day long about kayak sailing. Your questions will be answered quickly and thoroughly. We want to make sure you make the best decisions and have the best experience. If you like, you get direct from the designer installation & other guidance. Nobody knows kayak sailing like Falcon Sails does. We will be happy to review your kayak before and after your install, and let you know what our recommendations are.  We have helped thousands of people rig their kayaks so you can be assured, you will have the best advice available anywhere.

If another kit where available like the Falcon Sail and where sold through a typical supply chain that includes distributors and wholesalers, the price would be double or more. Providing advanced sails, with advanced composites, and all the quality rigging necessary for a solid installation at a good price is impossible using the standard retail chain. Worse yet, typical distribution methods cut communication between the designer and user to about zero. We want you to have the very best price and the very best advice. When you have questions or concerns we want to hear directly from you and talk directly with you about the details. It is good for you and good for us. The designer and sail maker are available at Falcon Sails about any reasonable time.

We respond to your questions as fast as we can. Usually questions are answered immediately. You can call us directly or email us. Typically the only time we do not answer your questions immediately is when we are out kayak sailing ourselves. Hopefully that is a common occurrence.

We are all about customer service. We are happy to accommodate your wishes. If you really want nylon, spinnaker, mylar, or code zero cloth, or some other modification we can satisfy your wishes. Just let us know what you want, and we will make it happen.

If you want to learn about the best compact sail kit available anywhere, visit our website at www.falconsails.com or call us at 419-800-0132.