Canoe Stabilizers/ Outriggers
Posted by: old_user on Jun-07-06 7:17 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Does anyone have experience with putting stabilizers or outriggers on their canoe for added safety and stability. We have a new Mad River Adventure 16 which is a little tippy to explore the large cold canadian lake where we canoe and are thinking of adding the canoe outriggers from RM Specialties so that we will feel more comfortable venturing into the open water of the lake. We've been told by the company that they will fit, but I just hope that too many alterations are not needed. Just adding additional weight to the bottom of the boat may not be enough if we encounter wind gusts or large boat wakes. Any experience/suggestions with these or other canoe outriggers would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Posted by: jackL on Jun-07-06 7:22 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jun-07-06 7:31 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jun-08-06 11:04 AM (EST)
You tipped in water that was 3 days past the ice melt and swam 40 yds to shore? That is an interesting story in itself. How were you dressed? What did you do when you reached shore? How did you hold on to the Explorer while you were swimming?
Can you kneel with those seats in the|
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-07-06 10:28 PM (EST)
Adventure? If you can kneel, that should provide all the stability you should need. If you can't kneel, maybe you should plan on later getting a canoe where kneeling is possible.
Nothing Wrong With It...|
Posted by: vk1nf on Jun-07-06 10:57 PM (EST)
...if some sort of stabilizer is what it takes to make you comfortable on the water, go for it. We met a couple a few years ago at a local put-in who'd fabricated outriggers (trimariners would call 'em amas) for thier Coleman 15 - the guy was sort of apologetic, kind of "...the wife won't get in the canoe without it..." - but they were at least out on the water together doing a little fishing, and the woman obviously felt quite safe and comfortable instead of terrified of a capsize every minute she was afloat.
Posted by: Franknc on Jun-07-06 11:41 PM (EST)
Spring creek outfitters sells some nice ones and the best ones I've ever seen are the inflatable ones made by balog sail designs
I have some of the early outriggers....|
Posted by: tapelgan on Jun-08-06 3:02 AM (EST)
...from Spring Creek, and they are mechanicallly cumbersome and I seldom use them. Of course, I don't go out on big cold lakes, either. If you find a setup that's easy to mount, locks on tightly, go for it. Too many purists feel it's a sin to use them. That's their problem, not mine. I suppose a Real Paddler would straddle a log and paddle with his/her hands?
Yep! Been there and done that many times|
Posted by: mcwood4 on Jun-08-06 8:23 AM (EST)
Logs are great when you are young and have nothing else. A log makes a wonderful Mississippi Paddle Wheeler, a Captain Hook Frigate, battle cruiser, or even a submarine!
Posted by: osprey on Jun-08-06 8:46 AM (EST)
The canoe I grew up with was outfitted with stabelizers. We used 'em sometimes and sometimes not. They did work to provide nearly bomb proof stability. I say nearly, because my dad did manage to break a foam stabelizer float on a stump while standing up bass fishing and the boat capsized scaring the hell out of his fishing buddy who had some disabilities. So I think they do work for stability in some cases. If they work for you and you like 'em great. But you might try to spend some more time in the boat in various conditions and with the dog to see if you don't all get more comfortable pretty quickly.
Spring Creek makes a good one and is|
Posted by: mcwood4 on Jun-08-06 9:07 AM (EST)
Back in the 70s, a FL designer had|
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-10-06 12:15 PM (EST)
a kit for hydrofoil outriggers. Much less drag than floats, and pushed back harder as boat speed increased. I wish I had some idea where that designer went, as he had some real good ideas.
Sell the canoe and buy a rowboat.|
Posted by: Yaknot on Jun-08-06 11:55 AM (EST)
You may as well.|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-10-06 2:48 AM (EST)
At least around here you can dig up a used decent usable car topper boat for a couple hundred bucks. outriggers sound like a pretty clumsy setup. though 'car topper' boats are a drag to row.
This guy has some that he sells,|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-10-06 6:42 PM (EST)
he even has a lot of information to go with them in regard to safety....
Wow! The Sponson Guy. You are mean!|
Posted by: mcwood4 on Jun-10-06 8:24 PM (EST)
I had actually forgotten about that old blowhard! Well, the new guy did ask, didn't he.