iako question

My girl and I just started paddling our new Stingay 2. Should we push the iakos all the way in on the canoe side, or if we leave them out a bit, will this add more stability? Are they considered adjustable? Thanks for any help.

Submitted by wallace on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 8:49am

Out is stable. In is fast.

#1 Tue, 06/16/2009 - 9:20am


On my Fusion (same manufacturer as the Stingray) I was told to not slide the iako too far out at the iako to boat connection. The further out you go the less iako-boat contact and it may not be as strong. And it may put extra stress on the boat at that spot.

make sure when you're rigging that there's enough to get a solid hold of. I slide mine all the way in, then pull both of them out just a hair so they don't rub against the bottom of the connection tube. the more important rigging adjustment is the back iako to ama connection. that's where you want to adjust to make the boat sit flat with both of you in it (maybe slight lean left if you're nervous, or it's windier than you're comfortable with). Use a piece of tape to mark the furthest in you'd ever want to rig it.

Hope that helps.

#2 Tue, 06/16/2009 - 2:51pm

If you feel that you need a bit more stability, add a water bottle to the Iako at the ama, It wont take much to make a big difference, as you get comfortable just take out some of the water.

#3 Tue, 06/16/2009 - 3:24pm

I push them all the way in unless they squeak against the bottom of the reciever hole.

As goto said : out is stable , in is fast and on the S2 all the way in is more than stable enough.

#4 Wed, 06/17/2009 - 11:29am

"Everything I know about outrigger I learned at the feet of the master "


( Don and Jr compairing rigging notes in Kailua in 2007)


#5 Wed, 06/17/2009 - 12:45pm

Sorry, I meant to say ama, not outrigger. I correct my girlfriend all the time. I'm an Eastcoaster, but learning.

#6 Thu, 06/18/2009 - 12:15pm

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