Plans for the home build.

I have seen them around here before but can't seem to find them. Myself and a friend are looking into trying to produce some OC-1's. Just something pretty affordable for use as team trainers/users. I can't find any of the plans that have been bounced around here in the past. Can anybody help me out or point me in the right direction??

Submitted by jazz4buddha on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 10:43am

For some reason I just don't see boat builders posting the plans for their boats on the internet for all to see. Just a hunch...


#1 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 10:56am

Cheaper to just buy second hand OC1s if their available where you live. But it can be done, do a forum search for Mariano, he just built what appears to be an excellent Oc1.

Cheers Rambo

#2 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 12:16pm

You will need someone who has built molds before and is familiar with the process to assist you. Anything else is very time consuming with a lot of steep learning curves.

Building a custom cockpit for my OC1 took me almost a year, including planning, various plugs, etc.. I have a good result, the boat is faster now ( better trim for my height/weight ), so I am happy that I did it; but it is a hobby, not cheap and very time consuming. Ah, - and never ending.

#3 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 1:57pm

Heres someone who just built their own ski. Mentioned some sort of software in the article you may want to check out.

#4 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 8:10pm

aloha Jazz,
poopopaddler is right on the spot, is gonna be hard to find a designer that want to post the plans out there, i spent plenty time searching that way and what i ended up doing is my own drawings, wich i pass'em to AUTOCAD, then into 3d RHINO (exellent sofware), once i played and paddled her in the computer for a year i routed the sections trough the lenth of the hull, then conbined with foam i shaped the plug, once i reached that step i had to re sheape mainly the bottom cause i wasent happy with the results, after another solid year i glass her, and shaped the footwells, wich took long months, then plenty hours of hotcoats and sanding cause you want to make it flat, shinny and like a FERRARI right? and when i was sure i could sleep at ease, gel coat polish and ready for making the moulds, after solid 2 and a half years of work with the hull tha AMA work came in 1 month of work.
i can send you pics and even plans if you want, but its true that takes long hours, deep pocket budget, and a lot of patience, i had no choice, i live in Argentina and i didnt have a choice, cause bringing one from aboard wasnt cheap either and i really wanted to try and do my own design.
from day one it took me a bit more than 3 years, the satisfaction of paddling her now made all the work worth it to the max, but its a deep comitment, plenty nights of frustrations and most af all a very slow process. just let me know if i can help you if you decide to jump into this great adventure.......
ps1, go into general forums on this web, then look for KA NALU NUI (first Argentinian oc-1) you can check the pictures of my boat.
ps2, Rambo: mahalos for the compliments....hahahaha

#5 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 8:32pm

One of the interesting points of this experience:

In case I had to do it again, I would design the boat/part in a way that suits the MATERIAL that you intend to use. All round, 'organic'.

People will tell you ' no sharp corners'; you will hear it, but not understand what they are talking about.

When you try to remove your first final part from the mold, and this turns out to be very difficult, then you will hear it again ' no sharp corners ' and at that moment you will defenitely understand what was meant.

All those mistakes are correctible, but it explains why it takes three years to do something like this.


#6 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 8:53pm

i can relate to that eckhart, and even when you think you have it all under control, mr murphy comes with his funniest law...............

#7 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 9:21pm

Mariano - congratulations, great job on your canoe;

"a dream fullfilled makes for a merry heart."

How does it behave ? Flat water, surf ? Can you tell already ?

#8 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 9:43pm

yesssss!!!she is a true gift from god, i mean even if i did my home work and tryed to make her the best i could, she greatly surprised me in the surf to have a nice drive making it effortless to connect the dots, in the flat i have to paddle her more distance to tell yet, since i am so far behind in conditioning as i was in my glory north shore days.....

i still want to raise the front iako a bit to.

anyways, i was remembering all the trials and tribulations and the hard work that took, and just one good bump made it worth it, i can't imagine how cool is gonna get when there will 30 of us line up to start the first gonna taste so good!!!!


#9 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 3:26am


I'm working on some stitch and glue designs for an outrigger canoe. I had an inquiry from a prospective client in NY. I found this web location in my search for ideas.

I have a pdf of the lines plan I'd like to share with interested folks to get some input. I could really use some input, ideas and thoughts for ama designs as these would also be suitable for stitch and glue construction.

My background has been primarily in traditional canoes and sea kayaks. Recently however I have had more inquiries from ocean sports folks having recently completed a paddle board for a client last week. I generally work with folks to create stitch and glue hull designs when they can't find any of their own. The client came to me with the idea of a long narrow kayak design suitable for outrigger canoe use.

I will be reading more of your posts and if some of you are interested I'd like to share your thoughts on designs for home builders.

Eskimo Tom

There is an email address there if you wish to follow up.

#10 Fri, 03/28/2008 - 4:30am

Nice looking work. There is definately something about a wood canoe, kayak, surfboard, compared to popped out of the mold resin and cloth (although I do love the smell of resin in the morning).
Be interested to see what sort of weight you can end up with.

#11 Fri, 03/28/2008 - 5:34am

I stumbled across these guys a year back

They have created a kit one man using stitch and glue construction. It looks like a sweet boat and would be very classy.

Not real competitive at 40lbs but would make a fun project. I think the kit runs about 2 grand or less, I don't re-call.

#12 Thu, 04/03/2008 - 6:59pm

here's another one.. this one is 30 lbs.. obviously don't need sail.. and get rid of one ama.. price is right

#13 Thu, 04/03/2008 - 7:27pm

Checked out the canoe at Looks like a nice beginners canoe. Price is $1300 with shipping. They say 90 hours for construction time. Seems like an attractive proposition for someone getting into paddling without a big budget and time for a project.

#14 Fri, 04/04/2008 - 7:46am

I was in Annapolis MD and went by the Chesapeake Light Craft shop to check out their designs, they do a real good job of creating kits that are well put together and ready for the begginer boat builder. However the design is really more of a kayak than anything else.

Gary Dierking has his new book out on building a few different outrigger canoes - not really one man designs but cool none the less.

#15 Fri, 04/04/2008 - 10:29am

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