Older Honukai OC1

I wanted to start getting into the sport, but didn't want to spend too much yet. After I get the hang of it, Then I can buy a good one.I never been in a one man, but I've paddled six man canoes. Is the Older Honukai OC1 a good canoe to start off in? And what's a fair price to pay for one, so I don't get ripped off. All I know about it, is that it's heavy, and for heavier paddlers.
Thanks.......... I live on Oahu if anyone has an older OC1.

Submitted by mapuariki on Thu, 02/10/2005 - 1:51am



Once upon a time, the honukai was considered one of the best surfing canoes out there...times have changed. Although it may not be the fastest thing out there, it is a good starter boat. It is also a good surfing boat to catch breaking waves with because of the nice scoop on the nose.

In order to price it, find out what kind of damage has been done to it. Based on the fact that it is a vintage canoe, you should seriously consider the structural integrity of it by closely examining it from front to back. Does it stay together? How soft is it?

To give an approximate price range, a flawless honu could probably sell for no more than $1000 and chances of it being in such condition are slim to none. From what you say about this honu being heavy, I would say a reasonable price would be somewhere around $400 or less. It all depends on what it looks like.


#1 Fri, 02/11/2005 - 3:00pm


Thanks for the info. Still looking.


#2 Tue, 02/15/2005 - 1:17am


how much you looking to spend? do you really want to spend money on a honu? there are a lot of oc1's for sale on y2kanu, but at the same time it is still one man season. if you can wait a few months there will be a lot more boats for sale.


#3 Wed, 03/09/2005 - 9:57pm


but what ever is cheap and newer than a Honu. there are wave blades for sale for less than 1000 now. And they are much better than a Honu. Unless you want a bombproof boat...


#4 Fri, 03/11/2005 - 2:22pm


I picked up a Zulu. It's from Australia, and it's carbon fiber/ kevlar. So far so good. thanks all for your help. After talking to people, I also learned that the honu is old, and like a tug boat.


#5 Sat, 03/12/2005 - 12:59pm


The Honukai would not be a bad starter canoe. The canoe would probably be considered heavy by today's standards, as its an older canoe and most (if not all) Honukai's were probably made of glass. But, as someone else mentioned there may be other options in your price range. Try as many as you can in that range and pick the one you find most comfortable. My first OC-1 experience was with a Honukai out on Johnston Island. I can attest that those particular canoes were built solidly! They were canoes that were used by a lot of people and withstood a lot of abuse.


#6 Sun, 03/13/2005 - 5:32am


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