outriggers for canoe

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I have a tandem canoe that I want to use for rowing on occasion but also maintain paddling capabilities. Are there outriggers available that would suit this purpose?

-- Steven Tolle (steveamyandkids@yahoo.com), May 31, 2003


Dear Steven,

This subject has come up several times before. It might be worthwhile to look through some earlier entries. Of particular interest are the responses to Dick Hamly's entry "Riggers: They're not just for sliding seat anymore" under Gear. Hope this helps.



-- Andre de Bardelaben (middlepath@aol.com), June 02, 2003.

I've built homemade riggers for my canoe, both fixed seat (8' oars) and sliding seat (9'-9" oars). They weren't perfect, but it was a useful learning experience. Unless you have a long and slender racing canoe hull, a sliding seat rig is costly overkill for a canoe hull, in my opinion. The ordinary canoe hull doesn't have the speed potential to effectively use the enhanced power. I think there's far more enjoyment per dollar with a simple fixed seat rig with modest sized oars, though the seat and oarlocks still have to be set up correctly.

-- Kim Apel (kapel@fullerton.edu), June 02, 2003.

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