ama rigging

Help. Having completed the Molokai on a ski I was completely in awe of the outriggers on the island. several years later I now have my hands on a four man and am completely clues as to how a) should attach the spar to the boat and b) what sort of angle i should aim for. I have rope and rubber inner tube; is it a case of lashing something up or is there something a little more technical i should be using e.g. knots etc.

Cheers, clueless in cornwall!

Submitted by Celtic Paddler on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 12:36pm

There is a video on the lighthouse website from Good Hope.

#1 Thu, 01/15/2009 - 1:33pm

Hi there Eckhart.... need a bit more than lighthouse website.
this is a newbe for me.

#2 Thu, 01/15/2009 - 7:05pm

If you're totally in the dark and don't have anyone to teach you, you need to get "Paddlers Guide to Outrigger Canoeing". Its the most comprehensive book out there on every aspect of oc paddling. Can get it from or google it.

#3 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 7:17am


AWESOME book! Got my copy about a week ago... took about 3 weeks to get here, but worth every penny and the wait. Read it 2x already and will probably read it 100 times more ;>


#4 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 9:58am

Its da bible.

#5 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 10:34am

here are some pictures

#6 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 1:08pm

Hey that's from my blog...
Do you know you can use google langage tools to get an automatic translation from french to english... well, the result is not perfect but for english speaking people it's better than trying to figure what nis written in french !

#7 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 3:42pm

Nice guide, Hiro. Is the horizontal bar made out of metal ?

#8 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 4:18pm

Hey Celtic Paddler,
Mindy has a lot of good videos on her blog on various aspects of outrigger. Two you will probably find useful are this one and this one. I can't offer any specifics on distance to set the ama away having never rigged a 4-man, but the usual distance is between 172-182 cm from the centerline of the ama to the side of the main hull on a six man.

I also highly recommend investing in Steve West's books from Kanu Culture. Both are very good, but start out with "The Paddler's Guide to Outrigger Canoeing" since some of the steering manual is included in it. Good luck and stay warm up there Ireland (I'm assuming).

#9 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 5:23pm

Thanks everyone who has contributed to this string - I am about to put your advice into action just as soon as the sun melts the frost this morning! (just of interest in live in the south of England in St'Ives Cornwall). I am amazed at how willing everyone is to help i really appreciate it and I will let you know if the ama stays on when we head out today!!

#10 Fri, 01/16/2009 - 9:45pm

thanks eckhart,
if you're talking about the bar that goes trough the ama, yes. It's an aluminium bar. Same for the bar on the hull, where the iato is attached.

#11 Sat, 01/17/2009 - 11:05am

I wrote BS... there's no bar in that ama ! Sorry eckhart, I didn't check the pics and assumed the canoe was rigged with its original ama, wich is not the case. I will post a pic with the other am...

#12 Tue, 01/20/2009 - 8:25pm

Hi Celtic, good to hear that there is an OC in St Ives. I used to spend a lot of time there before I moved to Australia. Is there a club, more paddlers, any OC1. Any news of a Cornish scene would be great. Where do you launch from. Would be good to keep in touch. Take a look at and find me there if you get the time, I'm listed as Jason Prosser. Have many great memories of beery nights in the pubs on the harbour.
Enjoy the OC4, regards...

#13 Fri, 01/23/2009 - 1:35am

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