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 calls for the invention of kayak stabilizers or canoe outriggers. Commercial canoe stabilizers are very readily obtainable. Canoe stabilizers may be pocket unfriendly if used once or twice a year. It is possible to make a homemade canoe outrigger float. Though not pretty it is they are very effective. It dose generate stability as a result of the distance between its hulls unlike the single-hulled canoe.
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. 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. 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’ is the spar connecting the ‘ama’ to the main hull or the two hulls in a double-hulled canoe. OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4 are the various types of boats. There are outriggers ranging from four persons or smaller three canoes to large voyaging canoe. Sailing canoe may have two amas double-hulled configuration or a single ama. In a kayak 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 steersman sits in the last seat labeled number six. Seat labeled number one is referred to as the stroker or the stroke. It is responsible for the pace of the paddle stroke. The draw stroke is often done by the occupants of the first two seats closer to the bow. 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. 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. Customarily strong or rather skilful peddlers that have sailing experience are always place 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. 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 canoe were developed by the Austronesian speaking people from the islands of southeast Asia for sea travel.