Any knowledge about the Gator oc-1 (Karel Design)

I am looking at buying a gator oc-1 Karel design. This will be my first one man canoe, and I have strictly been a steersmen for oc-6. I f any one has any insight as to the typical characteristics of this model i would appreciate it. I do know that it is an older canoe, but was thinking it would be good for someone looking to just work out and have fun.
hanks for any help


Submitted by MadioM on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 4:10pm

i may be mistaken, but i believe the gator was one of karel's previous fiberglass models much like the arrow i think. it would be great for working out and having fun but a bit heavy to race with unless you race in the older canoe division. overall its a pretty good boat. hope this helps.

#1 Sat, 02/24/2007 - 11:06am

Thanks any info helps.

#2 Sun, 02/25/2007 - 8:11am

How much are they asking? I think this was more of a flat-water boat. Pictures:

#3 Sun, 02/25/2007 - 10:22am

I used to own a Gator.

Solid boat. Comfy. Pretty stable. Good first OC1, good training boat.

Compared to current boats seems a bit heavy and not super fast.

Tended to plow in chop or steep faces and to dive in troughs.

#4 Sun, 02/25/2007 - 5:58pm

In all the advancements is design, paddles, lycra and GPS the Gator OC-1 held the record for the Calalina Challenge from 1999 set by Walter Guild and Mike Judd. It was not beaten until 2005 by Travis Grant and George Leslie on a hurricane.

Get the boat, enjoy, then read poopoo new book, on how to paddle faster so you can spend more time on

#5 Sun, 03/04/2007 - 6:42pm

Thanks to all that replied, I bought it and am having good times out there.

#6 Fri, 03/09/2007 - 6:23pm

What is the maximum weight range that the Gator can handle?

#7 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:39am

Try contacting OC shop in Kailua and ask them for the weight range and any other questions you may have on their canoe.

Phone: (808)261-8424

#8 Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:16pm

Whatever you do ... Paddle it first and beware the word of the person trying to unload it.

#9 Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:33pm

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