A Quick Intro to Kayak Outriggers
Canoes may by unstable platform of doing any activity that requires movement in and out of the water. It therefore raises the alarm for an invention of canoe stabilizers. Commercial kayak outriggers are readily available. But are relatively very expensive if used only once or twice in a year. The good news is, it is possible to make a homemade canoe stabilizer float. The homemade canoe outriggers may not look presentable, but they are efficient. It dose generate stability as a result of the distance between its hulls unlike the single-hulled canoe.
the hull is typically longer, narrower and effective as compared to those of a single-hulled canoe. Outrigegers can be sailed and paddled in rough water unlike other types of a canoe. Canoe outriggers are also relatively fast. Its paddling techniques are different from those of rowing. Its blades are often on one side with the double bend or straight shafts. An experienced sailor will only paddle on one side. this technique is referred to as the J-stroke.
This will help maintain stability and heading. An outrigger float is referred to as the ama in Micronesian language. ‘Iako’ is the spar connecting the ‘ama’ to the main hull or the two hulls in a double-hulled canoe. OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4 are the various types of boats. Outriggers may range from four persons or smaller three canoes to large voyaging canoe. Sailling canoes houses two ‘amas’, double-hulled configuration or a single ama. Paddlers in a canoe sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.
Seats in canoe are labeled in numeric starting with the one closest to the bow. The steersman sits in the last seat labeled number six. Seat number one is often known as the stroke or the stroker. It dictates the pace of the paddle stroke. the occupants of the first two seats are always involved in the draw stroke. The middle of the canoe is known as the power house because it houses very strong and powerful paddlers. A good steer person should be able to maintain the straight attitude of the canoe throughout the course of the race. He uses a single blade controlling the paddle which normally has a bigger blade than the standard stabilizers paddle.
Paddlers uses single blade paddles with double or single bent shafts. Customarily strong or rather skilful peddlers that have sailing experience are always place in the middle of the canoe. At the front of the canoe is where the paddlers with the most endurance are placed. In rough water, it is always preferred to have the high steering skill and experience or professional steerspersons to sit in the seat number 5.
Outrigger canoes, outrigger stabilizers, kayak stabilizers or kayak outriggers, were originally or rather initially invented and developed by the Austronesian speaking people for sea travel.