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 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. 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.
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. 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. This technique is known as the J-stroke.
The the technique helps maintain heading and stability . a stabilizer float I called 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’. In a canoe paddlers sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.
Seats are labeled numerically from the one closest the bow. The seat labeled number six is always preserved for the steersperson. Seat labeled number one is referred to as the stroker or the stroke. 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 always houses very robust and powerful paddlers thus given the name powerhouse. A skillful steersmen should be able to maintain a straight attitude throughout. The peddler uses a single steering blade that has a larger blade than that of a stabilizer paddle.
Sailors often uses single blades with either double or single bent shafts. 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 desirable to have a paddler with steering skills in seat 5.
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.