How to Make a Skateboard Sail




About: An electrical engineer who likes to make things.

*The instructable by dguillot inspired me to do a little research and make my own sail*
*I also copied the shape from some guy on youtube*
*And when I can, I'll put up a video, the lack of wind is delaying that by just a bit*
-2 pieces of 4.5 foot long 1.5 in. PVC and a connector to join them
-2 pieces of 4.5 foot long 1 in. PVC and a connector to join them
(I used 1/2 in. PVC, but it's a little too flimsy, though it will have to be somewhat flexible)
-A 1 in. T connector
-2 1 foot 1 in. diameter pieces of PVC
-String and a needle
-Duct Tape
-Hot glue gun (optional)
-Plastic sheet (some people use a tarp)
-Clear plastic (NOT saran wrap/plastic wrap)

I posed for the pictures, so you could really see what it looks like.

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Step 1: Cut the Plastic/tarp

Find a large room
Lay out your plastic/tarp
Assemble your PVC as seen in the diagram
Properly lay out your PVC on your plastic/tarp and draw lines from end of pipe to end of pipe, or trace the diagram onto your plastic/tarp
Cut out the shape, larger than necessary, you can cut off excess later

Step 2: Attach the Pipes

This has to be collapsible, otherwise it would be hard to take anywhere, so you have to be able to take out the pipes.

Place your horizontal bar(1in.) where it belongs on the plastic
Fold some of your extra plastic over the T connector and two 1foot pieces of PVC and tape the plastic in place, make sure the ends of the pipes are covered
To secure it better sew the plasic and make it tight

At the top of your horizontal bar do the same thing, but this will not be permanent, so make sure it's loose enough, it helps that this pipe is flexible

Remove the horizontal bar(1in.) and place your vertical bar(1.5in.) where it belongs
For the vertical pipe I used some extra plastic sewn onto the main plastic, over the ends of the pipe. This pipe won't bend, so be careful.

Step 3: Not Done Yet...

Unless you used clear plastic for the whole thing you can't see anything if you hold your sail in front of you, so you need a window.
Decide on your shape for your window(I chose the SSB emblem)
Trace it onto your sail and cut it out
Cut out a piece of your clear plastic and attach it to your sail where your window is, this is where I used the hot glue gun because it looks better
Cut off excess

Step 4: Using the Sail

Assemble your pipes
Put them on the sail
Lash your two pipes(horizontal and vertical) together with your rope(wrap the rope around them until they stay together and then tie it off)
Take the sail outside
Stand on your skateboard

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    I made one then i went down a hill and my feet's level was at 7 feet of the ground cus i didn't put the hole.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Really bad materials selection. PVC tube is like spagetti when warm and brittle when cold. PVC can break into sharp pointed shards when cold. You need fiber reinforced tarp for sailcloth, and need an appropriate orientation for fiber directions with respect to spars. As is, your bias cut edges for the outside permitter of sail will allow the sail to form pockets Not good. Then the cross brace is too far aft to afford a comfortable balance and reduce control for the user. You've had this design up for some time so maybe you know all this by this time. Maybe you should make some corrections.
    Good luck. Skateboard sailing can be a lot of fun.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Gharpole, you seem to have a fair amount of sailing knowledge. I wish you would do an 'ible because I think doing this on ice skates would be awesome.
    I guess I could copy to scale a sailfish sail, but I suspect your input would make short work of it.

    nice , it is always good to see someone take a sport and push the fun factor, minus tress and cliffs of course the Hudson river ice boats were racing in the 1800's.


    Great idea. I would love to do it. But because i don't care i would hurt myself guaranteed.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing how many different designes there are. Seems like the next step would be towards a few regattas for open and class based sailing events. I think I'll try posting an example, but because it would be all narrative it probably would show up on this site. For an example take a look at the following and let me know what you think. I'm thinking the regattas could really be fun and could be a new year around sporting activity.
    Let me know what you think.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    how fast can u go and how powerful does the wind have to go to pull u on a flat surface


    Isn't that the point of the hole?. If you got someone to sew around it a few times it wouldn't tear and you could make one that would last a few seasons I bet.


    the hole isn't really big enough to be really effective, the real point of the hole is for stability, but i think it could work with a bed sheet


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Cotton doesn't work as well because of the weave and the miniscule holes in it. My friends and I tried it with a sheet when we were skate punks and it wasn't so hot. Plastic sheeting would work much better. But then again, with enough wind it won't matter.