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. 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.
Its hulls are typically narrower, longer, and hydrodynamically efficient as compared to those of a single-hulled canoe. Unlike other types of canoes, outriggers can be sailed in rough water. They are also relatively fast. Canoe outriggers 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. This technique is known as the J-stroke.
This will help maintain stability and heading. a stabilizer float I called the ‘ama’ in Micronesian language. The spar connecting the main hull or the two double-hulled canoe and the ‘ama’ is called the iako. 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’. Paddlers in a canoe 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 steersman sits in the last seat labeled number six. The first seat is called the stroke or the stoker. It dictates the pace of the paddle stroke. The first two position may also get involved in the draw stoke. The middle of the canoe is often known as the powerhouse since it accommodates very strong and powerful paddlers. 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. At the front of the canoe is where the paddlers with the most endurance are placed. Seat number 5 is where the paddler with the highest steering skills and experience or professional paddlers should be placed.
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.