Pegasus Vs. Kaimana in So Cal

Hey all,

I know there are a bunch of threads out there about these boats but I didn't find any specifically comparing these two. My question is how does the pegasus ride in the flats and in the surf compared to the kaimana...I'm about 6' 1" and 180, I'm looking to buy a pegasus but haven't paddled one,Yes i know not brilliant i have tons of time in a kaimana, but if you could let me know your opinions on these two boats that would help me out. O, and I'm in Southern California so I'm doing most of my paddling in newport harbor-dead flat, and the ocean which usually only has small chop in the afternoon.


Submitted by nb1376 on Thu, 10/12/2006 - 2:30pm

I train and race in similar conditions and while I like the Pegasus I find the hurricane faster in the flats and small chops.The Pegasus is a better canoe in the big stuff . I don't think you will find a faster oc1 in the flat water .....just my opinion & experience though

#1 Fri, 10/13/2006 - 7:26pm

thanks for the feedback ocsprinter,
can anyone else help me out...i have a pegasus on order but haven't paddled one so i'm trying to get as much feedback as i can and yes i know thats not the smartest thing to do...but hey basically i need a boat and the shipment to so cal has good timing and pricing...last i heard it was being shipped end of october

#2 Mon, 10/16/2006 - 2:57pm

Who makes the Kaimana? Anyone have a link?


#3 Mon, 10/30/2006 - 4:49pm

hey nem0,

Kaku Designs from SoCal makes the Kaimana, their website is/was, however, it is currently down.

Also, Hypr ( makes them under license in Chine under a new name "Holo Nui".

I've heard that Kaku is shifting their manufacturing site to PNW, but not 100% certain on that one.


#4 Mon, 10/30/2006 - 5:14pm

yeah, john puakea is making them in hawaii, but i don't think their making them in so cal anymore...i believe that their moving production to china...not sure when containers will start arriving though. The webpage is but i think its down right now so check up on that...let me know if anyone has advice on those two boats, i'm still trying to get help...

#5 Mon, 10/30/2006 - 5:18pm

Personally I own a Kaimana and have had it for over 1 year now. Love the boat, it's very versatile and my boat is built solid and works great in all kinds of conditions here in the North-East. If was buying another kaku boat now however I would be buying Johnny's updated Kainalu which is a slightly updated Kaimana. The seat sits lower and is moved more forward to allow the paddler to go down wave more easily, the hull is a lttle smaller. Basically an improved Kaimana.

#6 Tue, 10/31/2006 - 11:14am

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