Lee Board and Thwart – Canoe Sailing

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This is a simple rig for those who want to have a solid and reliable yet simple leeboard sailing system for their open canoe.

The thwart is strapped to a suitably positioned seat or existing thwart.  The Leeboard is then fixed using the bolt and bracket system on the leeboard thwart.

The board can be adjusted whilst sailing to increase or decrease its depth and its fore and aft angle.

Leeboard: Solid timber.   130mm x 22mm x 117cm/42inch.

Leeboard Thwart: Aluminium angle bracket, stainless steel mounting bolts, wing nut and washers.  80mm x 22mm x 90cm/35inch

Supplied with two short straps and buckles for fixing to thwart or seat.

Additional information


The system is finished with Tung oil. It will need periodic oil to maintain it. Oiling simply requires a small amount of oil to be wiped over the surface and then wiped away later once it has had an opportunity to be absorbed into the wood.

Fitting and fixing

The thwart is most simply lashed to an existing thwart or seat within the canoe. However, it can be more permanently fitted by bolting to the gunnels using wing nuts to allow removal when not in use.
The lee board nut may loosen in use, so carrying a suitable spanner/ simple wrench to retighten may be useful


Valkyrie Craft – Open Canoe Leeboard

Really looking forward to getting out on the water and this using this great leeboard from Valkyrie Craft. Very clean and simple in design but functional and versatile. Packs down small when not being used so ideal for when its being used on expedition. Attaches in an easy manner with the use of two straps. For those that haven't tried a leeboard they really do make a big difference when sailing, especially across the wind and for prolonged periods of time. We will be using this lots on our forthcoming expeditions


Tung oil, Yacht varnish


Ash, Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut

3 reviews for Lee Board and Thwart – Canoe Sailing

  1. Austen Carter (verified owner)

    Finally got to try out my Leeboard. c
    Craftsmanship is great. The wind dropped almost as I launched so I hardly used it but it worked well for the little use it got.

  2. Matthew Quade

    John is a master craftsman and I am totally impressed with this leeboard. I haven’t used it yet, but can tell that it has the shape and finish I was looking for in a solid piece of mahogany. It’s a great value as well, and heartily recommend this. John responds to inquiries quickly. I find him to be trustworthy.

  3. Chris Bird (verified owner)

    The only reason for 4 stars is that I’ve not had the opportunity to give it a fair go yet.
    Firstly the finish is excellent and puts the rest of the woodwork in my boat to shame.
    Secondly I have tried this in two positions in the boat all be it in light winds so not really a fair test. I am paddling a We-no-nah prospector 15 in Royalex, my sailing thwart is behind the bow seat so about a third up the boat from the bow. I use an endless river sail.
    The initial position was attached to the centre yoke and in this position it was easy to get to for adjustments. Although I could feel a difference it wasn’t much above what I could achieve with a paddle (though immeasurably more convenient as I didn’t have to hold anything!). Later the same day I tried strapping it across the bow seat. In this position the difference was very significant and it really felt like it was doing its job.
    I don’t intend to use this for river sailing (as I already carry too much kit!) but for lakes and larger bodies of water. Defiantly recommend the product as it will increase the range of movement I can achieve with my sailing rig.

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