Canoes may by unstable platform of doing any activity that requires 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. Canoe stabilizers may be pocket unfriendly if used once or twice 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. 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. Outrigegers can be sailed and paddled in rough water unlike other types of a canoe. They 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. The technique is termed as the J-stroke.
This will help maintain stability and heading. In Micronesian language an outrigger is referred to as the ‘ama’. The spar connecting the main hull or the two double-hulled canoe and the ‘ama’ is called the iako. OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4 are the various types of boats. 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’. In a kayak paddlers 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. Seat number one is often known as the stroke or the stroker. 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 always houses very robust and powerful paddlers thus given the name powerhouse. 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.
Paddlers uses single blade paddles with double or single bent shafts. Typically stronger paddlers are placed 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. Seat number 5 is where the paddler with the highest steering skills and experience or professional paddlers should be placed.
Outrigger canoe or outrigger stabilizers were originally /initially or first developed by the Austronesian speaking people of the islands of southeast Asia for sea travel.