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. Though readily available they are fairly expensive if used once or twice a year. The good news is, it is possible to make a homemade canoe stabilizer float. Though it might not be very presentable it is 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. 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. A skillful sailor will only paddle on one side. this technique is referred to as the J-stroke.
This technique will help maintain the canoe’s heading and stability. 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. There are a variety of boat types including OC1, OC2 and OC4. There are outriggers ranging from four persons or smaller three canoes to large voyaging canoe. Sailling canoes houses two ‘amas’, double-hulled configuration or a single ama. In a canoe paddlers sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.
The seats are labeled number 1 from the 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 is responsible for 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. The middle of the canoe houses the most skilful, experienced, knowledgeable and strong peddlers. 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 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.