Case Study: My Experience With Stabilizers

A Quick Intro to Kayak Outriggers

Kayak are unstable place of fishing and any activity that involves movement in and out of the water. It therefore raises the alarm for an invention of canoe stabilizers. Commercial kayak outriggers are readily available. Though readily available they are fairly expensive if used once or twice a year. Canoe stabilizers float can also be done locally rather than purchasing it. Though it might not be very presentable it is effective. Canoe stabilizers generates stability resulting from the distance between its hulls unlike those with single hulls.

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. Canoe outriggers paddling techniques are different from those of rowing. Its blades are often on one side with the double bend or straight shafts. A skilled sailor only paddles on one side. This technique is known as the J-stroke.

This will help maintain stability and heading. 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 canoe paddlers sit in line facing forward towards the direction of travel.

The seats are labeled number 1 from the closest to the bow. The seat labeled number six is always preserved for the steersperson. Seat number one is often known as the stroke or the stroker. 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 is often known as the powerhouse since it accommodates 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. 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 canoes, outrigger stabilizers, kayak stabilizers or kayak outriggers, were originally or rather initially invented and developed by the Austronesian speaking people for sea travel.

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