Maneuvering tips for OC-1

I have paddled in the past in an OC-6, but just recently acquired a gator OC-1 and took her out for our first maiden voyage together. My 1 1/2 hour trip turned into a 4hour disaster ( I get tired just thinking about it), but we both survived, I think the boat faired better than me. With some tips from a friend I barely managed to maneuver myself from my cart in and out of the water. I am 5'4" and have come to the sad conclusion that I currently have zero upper body strength. Could anyone please give me some advice on how to trek in and out of the water a little more easily/gracefully.

Much appreciated!
Malolo :wink:

Submitted by Malolo on Thu, 02/03/2005 - 9:54pm

Are talking about getting in the boat after a "HULI"?

If so........first make sure you're trying to get in on the Ama side.
Slide your body up (on your stomach) onto the seat. While doing this, kick with your legs to help with getting out of the water. ( Picture yourself getting out of a pool.....not using the steps. Once you're on your stomach, hop your body (spinning at the same time) so you land on your "OKOLE".
@ss.......that is. And there you go.

I hope this helps.

Keep'on Pulling

P.S. It helps not to Huli........with time!

#1 Thu, 02/03/2005 - 11:57pm

Actually I do fine in the water. It is carrying the boat on land where I am having trouble. I would like to do carry it without dinking it on the ground like a human-teeter-totter. This is where being short seems to be a bit problematic. It would be nice to carry my boat in and out of the water without the asssitance of others. Any suggestions??


#2 Fri, 02/04/2005 - 7:43am

it's taken me a little while to figure out how to do it as i'm standing in my room imagining my slipper is a canoe... but i think i've got it figured out
If you're on land, stand facing the back of the canoe on the side without the ama. With your left hand pick up the back iako and with your right hand pick up the canoe. Flip the canoe over in the air and rest the seat on your right shoulder so that the back iako is right in front of you and you're still holding that out with your left hand, and then your right hand is free to hold your paddle... Practice a few times on the land and it becomes really easy, the canoes center should be right on the seat so it should balance really well on your shoulder. And again, i'm not positive if i explained it right, it's really hard to picture in my head and practicing just now with a slipper didn't really help me much--

#3 Fri, 02/04/2005 - 9:24am

Most of the hulis happen not on the ama side,but our leashes are attached to the iako.If you choose to dive under the canoe to get to the ama side you have to do it with the leash attached and then when you are back up you have to unleash to reroute the leash so it is not running under the canoe. if you choose to unleash before you dive to the ama side you risk your canoe in strong winds.
I prefer to get back on the same side I got huli'd.
Aloha from the west coast

#4 Fri, 02/04/2005 - 12:28pm

after practicing on a real canoe i figured out how i do it
put the canoe on your right shoulder but more cradled on your right bicep with the arm coming over and holding it with the ama kinda in the air. Your left hand which was on the rear iako is now free to hold your paddle

#5 Fri, 02/04/2005 - 12:29pm

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