A Guide to Canoe Stabilizers
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. Though it might not be very presentable it is effective. An outrigger generates stability resulting from the distance between its hulls, unlike a single-hulled canoe.
Unlike a single-hulled canoe, its hulls are narrower, longer and hydrodynamically efficient. Unlike other types of canoes, outriggers can be sailed in rough water. They are very 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. An experienced sailor will only paddle on one side. The technique is termed as the J-stroke.
This will help maintain stability and heading. 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 variety of boat types including OC1, OC2 and OC4. There are various outriggers types ranging from voyaging canoe to small three canoe or four person canoe. A sailing canoe may have a double configuration single ‘ama’ or two ‘amas’. Paddlers in a canoe 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. The first seat is called the stroke or the stoker. 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 good steer person should be able to maintain the straight attitude of the canoe throughout the course of the race. He uses a single blade controlling the paddle which normally has a bigger blade than the standard stabilizers paddle.
Paddlers normally uses single blades that has double or single bent shaft. 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 canoes, outrigger stabilizers, kayak stabilizers or kayak outriggers, were originally or rather initially invented and developed by the Austronesian speaking people for sea travel.