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A Guide to Canoe Stabilizers

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 stabilizers are very readily obtainable. 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.

the hull is typically longer, narrower and effective 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. 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. In Micronesian language an outrigger is referred to as the ‘ama’. The spar connecting the main hull or the two double-hulled canoe and the ‘ama’ is called the iako. OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4 are the various types of boats. Outriggers may range from four persons or smaller three canoes to large voyaging canoe. Sailling canoes houses two ‘amas’, double-hulled configuration or a single ama. 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. Seat labeled number one is referred to as the stroker or the stroke. It is always evidently 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. He uses a single blade controlling the paddle which normally has a bigger blade than the standard stabilizers paddle.

Sailors often uses single blades with either double or single bent shafts. Customarily strong or rather skilful peddlers that have sailing experience are always place in the middle of the canoe. At the front of the canoe is where the paddlers with the most endurance are placed. 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.

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