The Art of Mastering Canoes

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 kayak outriggers are readily available. But are relatively very expensive if used only once or twice in a year. Canoe stabilizers float can also be done locally rather than purchasing it. Though it might not be very presentable it is 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. As compared to the other canoe types, outriggers can be sailed and paddled in rough waters. They are also relatively fast. its paddling techniques are different from those of rowing. Canoe outriggers has blades on one side and are usually double bend or straight shaft. A skilled sailor only paddles on one side. This technique is known as the J-stroke.

This technique will help maintain the canoe’s heading and stability. 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. There are a variety of boat types including OC1, OC2 and OC4. Outriggers may range 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 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 draw stroke is often done by the occupants of the first two seats closer to the bow. The middle of the canoe is often known as the powerhouse since it accommodates 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. The peddler uses a single steering blade that has a larger blade than that of a stabilizer paddle.

Paddlers uses single blade paddles with 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. Seat number 5 is where the paddler with the highest steering skills and experience or professional paddlers should be placed.

Outrigger canoe were developed by the Austronesian speaking people from the islands of southeast Asia for sea travel.

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