If this is too much for you, maybe it will give you some ideas.
I've got it bookmarked to order his plans but never did and my own efforts
at cutting and shaping the tubes were somewhat less than spectacular.
: I want to build a "outrigger" for my 17' square stern fiberglass canoe to make
: it a little more stable for "bay" work. I want to be able to take it out into
: one of NJ bays to do some clamming this summer, but want the canoe to be more
: stable than when I am just cruising on a river or lake. That said, does anyone
: have any idea what I should build the outrigger out of. (cost is a factor, I
: don't have a lot to spend) Thought of the blue foam insulation stuff, but not
: sure it would hold up very well. Also thought of using large PVC pipe, but not
: sure how to make the ends streamlined. Would like to stay away from Fiberglass
: if I can, as I would be doing it in my ba***t and my wife is not agreeable to
: the fumes of cureing fiberglass.
Find a woods where you can scavenge downed wood. Find a downed evergreen of some
flavor (spruce, pine, etc.) with a warped trunk 8-12 feet long. Find a couple of
downed saplings with some warp to them. Peel off the bark. Lash the whole thing
to your canoe with the curved side of the outrigger downwards, penetrating the
water. You only need one.
If you want less fumes, just use epoxy (but you should still ventilate a little).
Epoxy can also be used over styrene foam without dissolving it, and it doesn't have
a whole lot of smell. One cheap source is www.raka.com (I think I got url right)
You could make a half size version of the little canoe (peero pirogue?) design
shown on Craig O'Donnel's Cheap Pages. follow the link found at the bottom of:
www.apci.net/~michalak (or for that matter, Michalak has a float design).
Take a look at Chesapeak Light Craft's Canoe/Kayak sailing rig
(plans $US 40):
It's probably just the ticket for what you need.