The landsailer historically has evolved from an ice boat. All current landsailers have three wheels and sail on both paved and smooth unpaved surfaces. The speed record for high performance racing units is over 100 m.p.h. (The Wind Chaser™ is not a racing unit). The steering wheel is in front and there are two wheels in the rear. Steering is done with a flat or handle bar and the sailor sits in-line behind the mast and just in front of the rear wheels. Most recreational (non–racer) landsailer bodies are made of steel tubing with a canvas seat.
The Wind Chaser™ is a recreational cart (not designed for competition) with three wheels and you use your feet to steer. It is a traditional landsailer except for the body which is molded fiberglass. The Wind Chaser™ is small, light weight, made of molded fiberglass and sails on land. With the soon- to be-announced "ice option blades", the Wind Chaser™ will also be an ice sailer. With the inflatable tire option, it can be sailed on soft surfaces such as wet sand or loose or soft dirt.
The Wind Chaser™ has a total weight of fifty pounds. It is designed for the active 13-year-old as well as the senior citizen. Even for non-sailors, the techniques are quick and easy to learn. The Wind Chaser™ is propelled by a single, small but optimum sail of approximately 30 square feet intended for winds 10 to 25 m.p.h. The steering bar on the front wheel assembly can be extended or retracted to fit the user.
Like a sailboat, when sailing the Wind Chaser™, the user leans from side to side keeping the weight on the wind-ward side of the cart (the side from which the wind is blowing) therefore keeping the unit upright. However, the wide rear axles (five feet from wheel to wheel) gives the Wind Chaser™ its basic stability. The unit can be sailed at speeds of up to 30 m.p.h. Braking is accomplished with a hand grip mounted on the body much like a bicycle which when applied. Like sail boats, speed can be reduced by releasing the sail and letting the air spill from its surface reducing the stopping distance and allowing the brake to be more effective.