Brian Vickery’s Completed Motor & Sailing W500 Kayak, California

This is a truly amazing project:
Brian Vickery, whose name is already familiar to this blog’s visitors, completed his multiple system project for his W500. He designed and hand crafted a folding steering system, an electric trolling motor system, a folding outrigger system, and an full-featured sailing rig.

This is a truly amazing project:
Brian Vickery, whose name is already familiar to this blog’s visitors, completed his multiple system project for his W500. He designed and hand crafted a folding steering system, an electric trolling motor system, a folding outrigger system, and an full-featured sailing rig.

Says Brian:
I have sailed the critter but the winds we finicky and weak. It tracked well.
When all the way down, the outriggers make this boat as stable as a concrete floor; you cannot make it tip at all. The same outriggers must be up and just skimming the water for it to sail well. Also keep them up when motoring.
I would have liked more time this year to sail, but winter is almost here, and it gets too cold for sailing, as the old body gets wet and cold when doing that.
In fact, due to my recent shoulder replacement and another back operation coming up in January… I may have to park it for a long time, or sell it. It has so much to offer…Brian

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5 thoughts on “Brian Vickery’s Completed Motor & Sailing W500 Kayak, California”

  1. Brian, this is a truly admirable craft!
    It calls for a video, not just still pictures 🙂
    I wish you the best of health,

    Pete

  2. Thanks Pete. I did not know Yoav would publish, or I may have made a better slideshow.
    Well , I had a lot of happy time, thinking and then making it , and that’s what it is all about; good clean fun.
    I just ran out of time and windy days… Thank you , once again, Brian.

  3. All I can say is………Wow, what a project. 🙂

    You really put your all into your W500, outstanding design, I’m sure many hours
    went into this baby.

    I can’t wait to see a video of this craft on the water. 🙂

    Winter is creeping up on us, it was snowing this Morning in Ct!!!!!!

    Tight Lines and Paddle Safe all.
    Rox

  4. Brian, As a sailor, yakker, and a woodworker I see that we share many interests. What a great job you’ve done with your W. What have you used for the jib furling? Great thought and execution into your craft. Bravo. Best wishes on your upcoming surgery. Keep us posted.

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