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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. The good news is, it is possible to make a homemade canoe stabilizer float. 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.

Unlike a single-hulled canoe, its hulls are narrower, longer and hydrodynamically efficient. Outrigegers can be sailed and paddled in rough water unlike other types of a canoe. They are very 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 skillful sailor will only paddle on one side. This technique is known as the J-stroke.

This technique will help maintain the canoe’s heading and stability. 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. OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4 are the various types of boats. There are various outriggers types ranging from voyaging canoe to small three canoe or four person canoe. Sailling canoes houses two ‘amas’, double-hulled configuration or a single ama. In a kayak paddlers sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.

Seats are labeled numerically from the one closest the bow. The steersperson sits in the last seat of the canoe probably seat number 6. Seat number one is often known as the stroke or the stroker. It dictates 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 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. The middle of the canoe houses the most skilful, experienced, knowledgeable and strong peddlers. Those with most endurance tend to be placed at the front. 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.

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