Note: Wooden dowels are not a good idea.
- It your drifter has ballast, make sure it is secure. Note: Aluminum-framed drifters do not need any although up to several ounces will not hurt.
- Insert 48" spars.
- Secure spars using small hose clamps or a few wraps of electric tape to prevent slip.
- Put on sails.
- Tie the inboard edge of the sails to mast with nylon cord or whatever.
- Tie the outboard edge of the sails to the end of the spars one way or another. Here's are some options:
- use another hose clamp. You can either:
- thread it directly through a small slit in the canvas
- install another grommet and then tie the sail to the hose clamp with another piece of cord.
- thread a heavy-duty hose clamp after poking a small hole through the canvas with an awl
- since the hose clamp is more likely to slip along the rod, we often use black tape as a stopper which holds surprisingly well on the spars
- thread the end of the spar so that you can install a nut or something to tie to
- Make sure you secure transmitter with the top facing up or towards the sky using a hose clamp (or heavy-duty tie wrap) and a few wounds of black tape.
- Test stability and position in the water (at least 6' deep). In the case of bamboo, allow for all cavities (spars included) to fill with water.