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. 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. An outrigger generates stability resulting from the distance between its hulls, unlike a single-hulled canoe.
Unlike a single-hulled canoe, its hulls are narrower, longer and hydrodynamically efficient. As compared to the other canoe types, outriggers can be sailed and paddled in rough waters. Canoe outriggers 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 skillful sailor will only paddle on one side. The technique is termed 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. Outriggers may range 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 are labeled numerically from the one closest 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 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 always houses very robust and powerful paddlers thus given the name powerhouse. A skillful steersmen should be able to maintain a straight attitude throughout. He uses a single blade controlling the paddle which normally has a bigger blade than the standard stabilizers 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 canoes, outrigger stabilizers, kayak stabilizers or kayak outriggers, were originally or rather initially invented and developed by the Austronesian speaking people for sea travel.