Techie Tuesday: Outriggers

We include outriggers and pontoons with our new Sporting Life model, Fish ‘n’ Photo package and Upwind Sailing Rig.  Outriggers are simply a solid extension of a boat’s rigging that extends beyond the gunwales.  Many people think of Hawaiian outrigger canoes with the outrigger on one side of the canoe.  Our outriggers are on both sides of your kayak.

Edisto Fish n Photo Front

Folbot Edisto with Outriggers and Pontoons

Our outriggers are 1 1/2 inch aluminum tubes that attach to the washboards with stainless steel “J” hooks. At the ends are banana shaped pontoons that are designed to add stability without pulling your kayak off its track and keep from being buried under the water (and even made to match the color of your Folbot!)

What these pontoons and outriggers do is spread the weight of the kayak and paddles over a larger surface.  When this happens the center of gravity of the kayak increases and it allows the paddler to be extremely stable even with sitting on top of the washboards or standing on the floorboard.  With this extra height, you have a larger field of vision and improved views into the water.  You can more comfortably use your fishing, hunting, or photography equipment.  In fact, it’s so stable you can even throw a casting net for bait fish or shrimp!

The Wind Up

The Wind Up

The Toss

The Toss

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