Canoes may by unstable platform of doing any activity that requires 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. Canoe stabilizers may be pocket unfriendly if used once or twice a year. Canoe stabilizers float can also be done locally rather than purchasing it. 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.
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. Canoe outriggers has blades on one side and are usually double bend or straight shaft. A skilled sailor only paddles on one side. The technique is termed 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’. Iako connects the main hull or the double-hulled canoe to the ‘ama’. 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. 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 seat labeled number six is always preserved for the steersperson. 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 draw stroke is often done by the occupants of the first two seats closer to the bow. The middle of the canoe is known as the power house because it houses very strong and powerful paddlers. A good steer person ought to be able to maintain a straight attitude of the kayak 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. 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 canoes, outrigger stabilizers, kayak stabilizers or kayak outriggers, were originally or rather initially invented and developed by the Austronesian speaking people for sea travel.