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 canoe stabilizers are very readily obtainable. Though readily available they are fairly expensive if used once or twice a year. It is possible to make a homemade canoe outrigger float. 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. 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. Its blades used by the sailors are usually on one side with a straight or double-bend shaft. A skillful sailor will only paddle on one side. This technique is known as the J-stroke.
The the technique helps maintain 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. 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.
The seats are labeled number 1 from the closest to the bow. The steersman sits in the last seat labeled number six. Seat number one is often known as the stroke or the stroker. 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 always houses very robust and powerful paddlers thus given the name powerhouse. A good steer person should be able to maintain the straight attitude of the canoe throughout the course of the race. Unlike those of a stabilizer paddle the paddler uses a single blade that has a larger blade.
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 peddlers with the most endurance on board are normally or rather often placed at the front of the canoe. In rough water, it is desirable to have a paddler with steering skills in seat 5.
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.