outriggers offer an added level of stability and security to paddlers, helping balance the kayak and lowering the likelihood of tipping over
our kayak stabilizer floats, made by Spring Creek Manufacturing, come in a range of colors and sizes
There are many reasons paddlers seek the added stability that outriggers provide. Sometimes it's due to a particularly tippy kayak. Other times they might have poor balance due to a neurological condition or age. Or, it might be they're new to kayaking or want more stability from their angling kayak.
Whatever the reason, the hydrodynamic design of our stabilizer floats means minimal drag through the water and excellent stability.
For many paddlers -- especially new ones -- stabilizing floats provide peace of mind. They help ease paddlers' fears and boost their confidence, which means they're more likely to want to go kayaking again in the future.
That's why outfitters and kayak rental companies usually have them on hand. They're a perfect addition for novice paddlers, children, older adults and paddlers with poor coordination or balance.
When you're busy casting, changing lures or reeling in that big catch, you're not focused on balancing your kayak. That means an unexpected bump or a shift in position might send your gear flying off the side of the kayak or, worse yet, launch you into the water!
Kayak anglers worldwide rely on outriggers to provide added steadiness, for instance when their standing kayak doesn't have the stability they expected. Others use them for offshore fishing or trolling with multiple lines.
Floats come in three colors: red, yellow or grey
Central receiving arm comes in lengths of 30, 36, 40 and 45 inches
Fits a wide range of watercraft
an adaptive program essential
Chances are if you've been involved in an adaptive paddling program -- through a community non-profit, a parks program or a veterans paddling group, you've seen at least one kayak equipped with outriggers.
People with paralysis, spinal cord injuries or limited function may need the added stability outriggers bring. The further the floats extend on each side of the kayak, the more balance they provide, though it is important to understand that tipping is still possible. Outriggers also make entering and exiting the kayak a more steadier, more positive experience.
The Spring Creek outriggers fit most sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks. The center receiving arm can be placed in the front or the rear of the kayak. It comes in lengths of 30, 36, 40 and 45 inches in order to accommodate hatch covers, wider kayaks or other encumbrances on a wide variety of kayaks. Each side telescoping bar extends up to 20 inches. When installed properly, the floats do not impede the paddler's stroke.
All purchases come with two sets of installation hardware -- nuts and bolts when the inside of the kayak can be accessed, and well nuts when it cannot (e.g., a sit-on-top kayak).