A Quick Intro to Kayak Outriggers
A canoe may be a very display place of fishing or any activity that involves getting out and into a canoe. This therefore calls for the invention of kayak stabilizers or canoe outriggers. Commercial canoe stabilizers are very readily obtainable. 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. 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.
Unlike a single-hulled canoe, its hulls are narrower, longer and hydrodynamically efficient. Unlike other types of canoes, outriggers can be sailed in rough water. Canoe outriggers are also relatively fast. Canoe outriggers paddling techniques are different from those of rowing. Canoe outriggers has blades on one side and are usually double bend or straight shaft. An experienced sailor will only paddle on one side. The technique is termed as the J-stroke.
The the technique helps maintain heading and stability . An outrigger float is referred to as the ama in Micronesian language. Iako connects the main hull or the double-hulled canoe to the ‘ama’. There are a number of boat types which include the OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4. There are outriggers ranging from four persons or smaller three canoes to large voyaging canoe. A sailing canoe may have a double configuration single ‘ama’ or two ‘amas’. 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 steersperson sits in the last seat of the canoe probably seat number 6. The first seat is called the stroke or the stoker. 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 ought to be able to maintain a straight attitude of the kayak throughout the course of the race. Unlike those of a stabilizer paddle the paddler uses a single blade that has a larger blade.
Sailors often uses single blades with either double or single bent shafts. Typically stronger paddlers are placed 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 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.