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Canoes may by unstable platform of doing any activity that requires movement in and out of the water. It therefore raises the alarm for an invention of canoe stabilizers. Commercial canoe outriggers are easily available. 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. Canoe stabilizers generates stability resulting from the distance between its hulls unlike those with single hulls.

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. 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 referred to 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’. There are a number of boat types which include the OC1, OC2, OC3 and OC4. 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. Paddlers in a canoe 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. The first seat is called the stroke or the stoker. It is always evidently responsible for the pace of the paddle stroke. The first two position may also get involved in the draw stoke. The middle of the canoe is known as the power house because it houses very strong and powerful paddlers. A skillful steersmen should be able to maintain a straight attitude throughout. 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. Customarily strong or rather skilful peddlers that have sailing experience are always place in the middle of the canoe. 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 were developed by the Austronesian speaking people from the islands of southeast Asia for sea travel.

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