Originally Posted by SloopJonB
I believe that configuration is called a Proa. That one almost looks like you have to dismount the outrigger and change it to the other side on every tack.
NO! Not true! On the port tack the flotation of the outrigger keeps the boat from capsizing. On the starboard tack the weight of the outrigger on that long lever acts as ballast and keeps the boat from capsizing.
A single outrigger rig is INCREDIBLY stable. A friend of mine had a 17' EasyRider canoe with an outrigger. We were setting and pulling crab pots under sail in 3ft of chop. At one point we BOTH stood up in his canoe in the three foot chop and switched positions on the boat.
Here is my friend in the boat I am talking about
: Imagine 2 people standing in the boat in 3'chop....
The outrigger effect has to be experienced to be believed.