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A Quick Intro to Kayak Outriggers

Kayak are unstable place of fishing and any activity that involves movement in and out of the water. This therefore calls for the invention of kayak stabilizers or canoe outriggers. Commercial canoe stabilizers are very readily obtainable. Though readily available they are fairly expensive if used once or twice a year. It is possible to make a homemade canoe outrigger float. Though not pretty it is they are very effective. Canoe stabilizers generates stability resulting from the distance between its hulls unlike those with single hulls.

Its hulls are typically narrower, longer, and hydrodynamically efficient as compared to those of a single-hulled canoe. As compared to the other canoe types, outriggers can be sailed and paddled in rough waters. Canoe outriggers are also relatively fast. Canoe outriggers paddling techniques are different from those of rowing. Its blades are often on one side with the double bend or straight shafts. A skillful sailor will only paddle on one side. this technique is referred to as the J-stroke.

The the technique helps maintain heading and stability . a stabilizer float I called 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. There are a number of boat types which include the OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4. Outriggers may range from four persons or smaller three canoes to large voyaging canoe. Sailing canoe may have two amas double-hulled configuration or a single ama. Paddlers in a canoe sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.

Seats are labeled numerically from the one closest the bow. The seat labeled number six is always preserved for the steersperson. Seat labeled number one is referred to as the stroker or the stroke. It dictates the pace of the paddle stroke. The draw stroke is often done by the occupants of the first two seats closer to the bow. 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. The peddler uses a single steering blade that has a larger blade than that of a stabilizer paddle.

Sailors often uses single blades with either double or single bent shafts. Customarily strong or rather skilful peddlers that have sailing experience are always place in the middle of the canoe. Those peddlers with the most endurance on board are normally or rather often placed at the front of the canoe. In rough water, it is desirable to have a paddler with steering skills in seat 5.

Outrigger canoe were developed by the Austronesian speaking people from the islands of southeast Asia for sea travel.

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