Originally Posted by jeffstevens763@g
after gurnards post i had a good look at the FRIB they do a sailing version now i am not a sailor at all and no nothing but would there be any benifit in a simple sailing rig for a sib ?
There were inflatable sailing boats (folding hull) before. The biggest issue with sailing a sib is that with a flat bottom and no centreboard it will go sideways rather than upwind. That is once you find a way to mount a mast (the forces are pretty big and in various different directions) which will be hard on a squishy hull. then you need a rudder of some sort (an o/board will just create drag and poor steering). So as a sailing experience it would at least be a lot of hassle, and probably not very good. As an improvised alternative source of propulsion it might work if you aren't too worried about the direction of travel and the wind happens to be strong enough to move, but not so strong it causes you a problem!