Best-est OC6 ever made

Through the years, I've heard rumours and snippets about teams using super light OC6 constructed out of carbon that was so light, 6 guys could carry it on their shoulders. I've never seen one of these canoes less confirm that they even exist. I'd love to see teams compete in an open class during the long distance season using the best equipment available with minimal restrictions in design and weight. Sort of like "choose your weapon" or "run what you brung" classes that can compete solely in their categories just like the Koa or Malia classes that exist. Has anybody seen or paddled one of these super duper canoes? If so, what do you know about it?

Submitted by Snarfblat on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 9:32am

how bout 1man design concepts applied to 6man?

#1 Wed, 08/22/2007 - 11:28am

Karel makes an all carbon OC6. I think the hull weighs around 200 pounds. I've paddled it a few times and it definitely has a much different feel. The boat accelerates really quickly but has less glide. It works really well for kids and beginner paddlers that struggle a bit with a 400 pound boat.

#2 Wed, 08/22/2007 - 11:58am

Apparently a 265lb OC6 Mirage is available.

Now all we need to do is install a bilge pump and a rudder.

#3 Wed, 08/22/2007 - 2:24pm

believe that the "Lovell Taylor" was the first of this breed of light Mirage Oc-6.. Team HI/NZ did a test drive and phot shoot with it

anyone know where it lives now?


#4 Wed, 08/22/2007 - 5:50pm

Hawaiian Club on Maui had one for a while (Lovall - Taylor) .. could still be there.

Cheers Rambo

#5 Wed, 08/22/2007 - 6:38pm

We've taken Lovell Taylor on Keanae runs and numerous Maliko runs here on Maui. She surfs somewhat like a one man whereas it takes little effort to drop in and connect bumps. Sometimes 1 or 2 strokes with the right crew is all it takes.

#6 Wed, 08/22/2007 - 9:04pm

I know a gent in the Beverly, MA area who had a custom ordered Outrigger Connection Mirage in full carbon that weighed approx 220-240lbs made by Karel's shop n HI.

I wish I had a chance to paddle in it. :-)

Hopefully Mike will see this post and provide info on his ride..

#7 Thu, 08/23/2007 - 5:58pm

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