Oc1 canoe reviews

Oc1 canoe reviews


  • Which OC1 Do You Prefer?
  • Buying an Ehukai OC1 one man waka (outrigger canoe)
  • Outrigger Connection Fuze – My Review.
  • Mad or not, it was a great decision. To translate the jargon, an OC1 is a one man waka, actually a one woman waka or one man outrigger canoe.

    It was something that had been on my mind for a while. Missing out on racing at Waka Te Tasman, because of the weather last year, was just the thing to give me the kick I needed. I really want to improve my strength and technique in the waka and to compete with committed crews. However, being able to paddle on my own, at my own pace and times, means that I am able to do technique drills that are not always possible when one is part of a 6 man crew.

    Having my own waka meant that training for World Sprints in was so much easier as I could go out by myself for training sessions. It also meant I could get out with others who were training for different crews. I love it! I am becoming more comfortable each time I take it out. There are more and more people paddling one man here in Nelson. Saturday mornings have become a bit of a social one-man time.

    Its great to go out in a group especially if the surf is up or conditions are a bit challenging. Safety in numbers and all that. Its also a lot of fun to paddle with others and then go for coffee afterwards. I still have the external dialogue going when things get tough which causes much amusement. Why did I choose an Ehukai OC1 outrigger? Initially I was thinking of buying a second hand waka.

    I asked around and no one knew of any for sale close to Nelson. Most of the second hand one man outriggers are fibre glass and heavy. Subsequently most of them have sold, or are thinking of selling, their Ehukais and bought Kahe Kai or Ares canoes as there is a lot of interest in downwind runs now. My decision was based a lot on weight. With a carbon fibre hull weighing around 8.

    I can get it on top of the car relatively easily except the day I got it tangled up in the lemon tree and had to fight to get it back. The fact that she is very pretty, has a protective cover, clips together and was brand new, were also deciding factors. The cover is a bonus as it protects the waka and makes it easy to slide into the cradles on the car. The Ehukai meaning sea spray in Hawaiian came with covers for the waka, ama, kiato, a seat and rudder. The narrow bow and low volume allow for easy pick up and acceleration.

    The manoeuvrability of this canoe enables the rider to respond to changing conditions quickly. A narrow footwell allows blade entry closer to the hull, offering efficiency with each stroke. The Ehukai also comes with a footwell cover which sheds water from the footwells.

    He was so helpful and he can give you a link to see what outrigger canoes are currently available. You can get custom designs made up, but that depends on when more are coming into the country. At the moment Paul has quite a few, but none as pretty as mine. Delivered to Nelson Getting it from Auckland to Nelson was not challenging. Paul arranged for Canterbury Bulk Freight to pick it up.

    It went from Auckland via Picton, St Arnaud because of the Kaikoura earthquakes to Christchurch, back to Blenheim and then to Nelson and arrived in perfect condition. I was very impressed with the careful way Canterbury Bulk Freight handled it and how well Paul had packed it. Buying the OC1 is not the end of the spending!

    There is still a heap of things you need. Other things you will need are and the list is not definitive … Second spare paddle and a lashing I use those stretchy physio bands and they are great Roof rack and system for the car I ended up with a Thule rack and m tie downs Cradle for the waka which fits the roof rack several iterations later I have an aluminium cradle from Mark Cresswell in Christchurch as it supports the waka better.

    Dry bag with emergency stuff multitool, flare, radio or phone, eats, zinc lipstick, spare lashing and coffee money Life jacket high viz Stool, as I am short and this makes it easier to get on the car and to do the tie downs Bucket and cloth for washing down after paddling I have heard of people dealing with rust in the car from not washing the OC1 down after paddling.

    A over-length flag an orange high viz vest is a great idea. The Ehukai comes with a cover with flag included. I added an extra flag with reflectors on for higher visibility. A bailer, if your canoe has a cockpit and no foot pump to get the water back out. Two years on I am still happy with my purchase. The number of Ares has grown and some are now choosing the shorter version of the Ehukai — the Kahele. However, I now have a V1 as well as I caught the sprinting bug. That is a whole other story.

    Posted on April 17, Leave a comment I promised to give my thoughts on the Outrigger Connection Fuze so here it is. Before I do just a little disclaimer.. I currently own and paddle a Hurricane which I love. My interest in the Fuze started at about the same time as I bought my Hurricane, 12 months ago. I knew Lisa Curry Kenny paddled one in Hawaii and actually brought it back with her so I had seen it on the ocean at Mooloolaba and questioned her about it.

    My interest was rekindled when in Hawaii in April this year to do 2 iron oc1 races on Maui. In between the two races I had 4 days on Oahu and visited Karels factory at Kailua to demo the Fuze and had morning tea with Karel snrs lovely wife Marcella.

    They had both Hawaiian and Chinese made Fuzes available and you could not pick the difference. I took the Fuze to local waters and paddled in various conditions for the rest of afternoon.

    I was quite impressed with the wave catching ability of the canoe; it seemed to drop in on the wave easily and had extremely responsive rudder control.

    No pearling of the nose was another noticeable attribute. On flat water I felt that it did not have the speed of a Hurricane, but without a Hurricane there to trial it was at best a guess. Comfortable, I could have paddled it all day and the lower seat height allowed a closer to the water and straighter leg style of paddling that I like.

    I also like the looseness or slappiness of the Ama on the water which I believe is similar in action to the Puffy Ama on the oc6 Mirage. Back to the present and the demo of the Fuze on Hammo. Man straight-away I knew this was a different canoe.

    The only way I could describe the difference was that it was light-footed or loose on the water. The flat water speed felt much faster. In fact I was so excited about the performance of this canoe; I flipped twice in shallow water front of my Mooloolaba club mates and copped a huge serve from them.

    Further, it is also a Carbon- Carbon canoe not a Carbon-Kevlar like the ones currently for sale. It weighs full rigged 8. But I want it. So there you have it, an excellent canoe design and impressive all around performance. If I had pick one thing negative it would be the non-adjustable seat, but you can slide fore and aft a few inches. I now need two canoes, my Hurricane and a Fuze.

    Cheers Rambo.

    They had both Hawaiian and Chinese made Fuzes available and you could not pick the difference. I took the Fuze to local waters and paddled in various conditions for the rest of afternoon.

    Which OC1 Do You Prefer?

    I was quite impressed with the wave catching ability of the canoe; it seemed to drop in on the wave easily and had extremely responsive rudder control.

    No pearling of the nose was another noticeable attribute. On flat water I felt that it did not have the speed of a Hurricane, but without a Hurricane there to trial it was at best a guess. Comfortable, I could have paddled it all day and the lower seat height allowed a closer to the water and straighter leg style of paddling that I like.

    I also like the looseness or slappiness of the Ama on the water which I believe is similar in action to the Puffy Ama on the oc6 Mirage. Back to the present and the demo of the Fuze on Hammo. Man straight-away I knew this was a different canoe.

    The only way I could describe the difference was that it was light-footed or loose on the water.

    Buying an Ehukai OC1 one man waka (outrigger canoe)

    The flat water speed felt much faster. In fact I was so excited about the performance of this canoe; I flipped twice in shallow water front of my Mooloolaba club mates and copped a huge serve from them. Further, it is also a Carbon- Carbon canoe not a Carbon-Kevlar like the ones currently for sale. I asked around and no one knew of any for sale close to Nelson. Most of the second hand one man outriggers are fibre glass and heavy.

    Subsequently most of them have sold, or are thinking of selling, their Ehukais and bought Kahe Kai or Ares canoes as there is a lot of interest in downwind runs now. My decision was based a lot on weight.

    With a carbon fibre hull weighing around 8. I can get it on top of the car relatively easily except the day I got it tangled up in the lemon tree and had to fight to get it back.

    The fact that she is very pretty, has a protective cover, clips together and was brand new, were also deciding factors. The cover is a bonus as it protects the waka and makes it easy to slide into the cradles on the car. The Ehukai meaning sea spray in Hawaiian came with covers for the waka, ama, kiato, a seat and rudder.

    The narrow bow and low volume allow for easy pick up and acceleration.

    Outrigger Connection Fuze – My Review.

    The manoeuvrability of this canoe enables the rider to respond to changing conditions quickly. A narrow footwell allows blade entry closer to the hull, offering efficiency with each stroke. The Ehukai also comes with a footwell cover which sheds water from the footwells.

    He was so helpful and he can give you a link to see what outrigger canoes are currently available. You can get custom designs made up, but that depends on when more are coming into the country. At the moment Paul has quite a few, but none as pretty as mine. Delivered to Nelson Getting it from Auckland to Nelson was not challenging.

    Paul arranged for Canterbury Bulk Freight to pick it up. It went from Auckland via Picton, St Arnaud because of the Kaikoura earthquakes to Christchurch, back to Blenheim and then to Nelson and arrived in perfect condition. I was very impressed with the careful way Canterbury Bulk Freight handled it and how well Paul had packed it. Buying the OC1 is not the end of the spending! There is still a heap of things you need. Other things you will need are and the list is not definitive … Second spare paddle and a lashing I use those stretchy physio bands and they are great Roof rack and system for the car I ended up with a Thule rack and m tie downs Cradle for the waka which fits the roof rack several iterations later I have an aluminium cradle from Mark Cresswell in Christchurch as it supports the waka better.

    Dry bag with emergency stuff multitool, flare, radio or phone, eats, zinc lipstick, spare lashing and coffee money Life jacket high viz Stool, as I am short and this makes it easier to get on the car and to do the tie downs Bucket and cloth for washing down after paddling I have heard of people dealing with rust in the car from not washing the OC1 down after paddling.

    A over-length flag an orange high viz vest is a great idea.


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