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, did raise the alarm and called for the invention of canoe stabilizers or the outriggers. Commercial canoe outriggers are easily available. 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. 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. Its paddling techniques are different from those of rowing. Its blades used by the sailors are usually on one side with a straight or double-bend shaft. A skilled sailor only paddles on one side. The technique is termed 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. 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 canoe paddlers sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.
Seats in canoe are labeled in numeric starting with the one 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 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.
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 with most endurance tend to be placed at the front. 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.