A canoe may be a very display place of fishing or any activity that involves getting out and into a canoe. This, therefore, did raise the alarm and called for the invention of canoe stabilizers or the outriggers. 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. 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.
the hull is typically longer, narrower and effective 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. They 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. The technique is termed as the J-stroke.
The the technique helps maintain heading and stability . In Micronesian language an outrigger is referred to as the ‘ama’. Iako connects the main hull or the double-hulled canoe to the ‘ama’. 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. Sailling canoes houses two ‘amas’, double-hulled configuration or a single ama. In a kayak paddlers sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.
The seats are labeled number 1 from the closest to the bow. The steersperson sits in the last seat of the canoe probably seat number 6. Seat labeled number one is referred to as the stroker or the stroke. It is responsible for 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 always houses very robust and powerful paddlers thus given the name powerhouse. A skillful steersmen should be able to maintain a straight attitude throughout. Unlike those of a stabilizer paddle the paddler uses a single blade that has a larger blade.
Paddlers normally uses single blades that has double or single bent shaft. 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.