Outriggers - A Plea For Help (PeterF)
When I started canoe sailing a few years ago, I went for a single 8ft outrigger supported by two beams, which seemed to be what most people were doing. For me, however, it was very clumsy. I then converted to a couple of 4ft floats with at most 30 lbs of buoyancy supported by a single beam, which has been very satisfactory. Since I have to launch into a 15ft wide channel the beam is only 6ft wide so the leverage is perhaps about 90 ft lbs, enough for gusting river winds around force 4.
Off the wind the floats only just touch the surface but on the wind they obviously create drag and the question is, what is the best shape? Mine are double ended, which theoretically would be fine for low wave-length ratios but at 3 knots a four foot float would be at 1:1.5 and a flatter after section would seem to be better. Has anyone any opinions? Having totally immersed the float several times I'm thinking a flat deck is not a good idea.
I'm sure there are members who could give Peter some practical advice here. May I suggest you send it to GOSSIP, as well perhaps as to Peter, so that we can all benefit from what you have to say on a matter that is of general interest to many - (Ed.)