OC-1 final purchase decision

Hi guys, I need your help.

I'm a small paddler who is looking to buy my 1st OC-1.
I've narrowed it down to a Nai'a Iki and a Pegasus.

The Nai'a Iki is a rarely used Carbon boat (10 times or less) that's a grand less in price over a new Pegasus.
I plan on keeping the canoe for awhile.

Which one would you go for and why??

As always, I appreciate your help!

Submitted by ai_kea on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 10:41am

if you have any questions about the pegasus let me know. i am one of the china pegasus distributors on oahu. there is a batch coming in april if your interested in getting on a great boat in about a month. the peggie is a great flat water and upwind boat and i think edges out those other smaller type boats in the surf. shes really responsive and efficient in the surf. ive had my china peggie since october and have zero problems with it. by far the best overall boat ive been on

#1 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 11:36am

i have a pegasus and love the boat except for the pearling when catching bigger bumps. i about 5'7" -180 which might be considered a little short and a little heavy for the pegasus but it works for me.
it all depends what your going to do with your first boat. if your just into triaining for physical fitness and for fun then there is nothing wrong with the cheaper model that way if you have a $1,000 left over another fun sport that is just as if not ore fun is stand up surfing. If your thinking of racing i think the pegasus is a very good all around upwind-downwind boat.
either way you'll have so much fun in which ever boat your in. the sport of padlleing is very addictive.

#2 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 12:25pm

I also have a pegasus. Just recieved it a few weeks ago and am very pleased with it. It is a really solid boat that responds just as I had expected it to.

#3 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 6:37pm

the naia iki is a better boat for a smaller paddler. and if its a carbon..sweeeet !!!you wont see many women paddling pegasus.the iki is light fun and easy for you to carry.jump on it. you wont be sorry.

#4 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 7:39pm

I don't know where H20lady paddles but many women paddle the Pegasus in Hawaii. Lauren Bartlett kills it on the Pegasus- of course she'd kill it on any canoe- most of the top women on Maui and Kauai are on Pegasus. You'll see more top women on Oahu getting on the Pegasus as it is an easy canoe to paddle especially in the surf. But try both canoes and see what feels best to you. If the Naia Iki is a carbon canoe that is a good price. HAve fun with whatever canoe you chose.

#5 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 9:56pm

You may try a Hillary C - there is a whole thread in the forum detailing this.

If I had one, I would bring it to you personally as soon as you agreed to take it. :)

(Don't worry, not eligible to vote)

#6 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 10:04pm

808OC1 - so the Pegasus is pearling, too ? As much as Hurricane ?

I have not paddled it, only Fusion, and that boat definitely does not pearl.

#7 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 10:07pm

she pearls a little when its big. but name me a boat that is perfect. the peggie i think surfs better and controls better than the hurricane and paddles smooth upwind and in the flat better than all the other boats. im not sure how the iki does in the surf...

#8 Tue, 03/04/2008 - 10:49pm

Hurricane is definitely extremely good in the flat; I'd be surprised if the Pegasus could compete there.

Most often you will find the opinion: Pegasus wins in the surf, Hurricane wins in the flat.

Rambo has a good comparison on his web site.

#9 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 11:17am

" name me a boat that is perfect "

Probably no boat is actually perfect but some get pretty close.

Thanks to a good friend in Hawaii , I have have close to 50 hours on the Zephyr. I have to tell you that is one super canoe and because I`m a rep for OC, I owe you the truth about thier products.

The boat is fast in every condition , comfortable, pearle resistant, retains energy well, agile , surfs like a rocket, comes with 5 different rudder choices, each providing a different boat feel.

I`m definitly going to be racing on a Zephyr this year.

The boat is not for everyone though , it probably doesn`t have the volume to carry paddlers much over 200 lbs. and will be too big for paddlers much under 140.

That said , If you fit the weight range , the boat is well worth your time to go get a test ride from your local dealer and see for yourself.

#10 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 7:15am

ive paddled both hurricane and pegasus, both are really close in the flat. i wouldnt consider either one faster, but different.

#11 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 10:51am

eckhart- pearling pegasus

i too used to paddle a fusion and had no problems with it pearling a all infact it loved the bigger bumps. big advantage on those days but on the smaller days and to keep up the paddle pace the pegasus was a better boat. tis a give and take. i need to get my hands on a scorpius or wainui but that waiting list is .......prrettyyy llloooonnnggg. but anyways still fun. paddled a hurricane and it has a diffrent style. a little uncomfortable for me cause of the sit style maybe. but it is a fast boat. havnt paddled it in big bumps.

#12 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 11:04am

Most often you will find the opinion: Pegasus wins in the surf, Hurricane wins in the flat.
Both are nice boats.

#13 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 11:19am

One consideration to make when comparing speed in different conditions is rudder size. Rudders have considerable drag. The size and thickness of manufacturers' rudders varies and not every rudder is good for every condition. Outrigger Connection rudders are typically massive - 9-10" long, 4"-5" wide and thick as my finger. Great for huge swells,but like dragging a plastic bag in flat water. The thinnest rudder out there is on the Hurricane...it's more like a knife blade, but still 9". The Pegasus rudder is a bit thicker and 10.25"

When comparing how fast boats are in the flats, it would be better to compare them with similar rudders. In California, the perfect rudder would be no more than 7 or 8" and thin. It's rare we need more than that. I have a custom one thats only 6" and it works perfectly 80% of the time.

Let penis jokes begin now....

#14 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 11:32am


I happen to have both a Hurricane and Pegasus. If you are here on Kauai, I will be happy to go out with you and let you try both boats.


#15 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 2:20pm

I had a hurricane and sold it after a year and have a Pegasus now and have no plans on letting it go any time soon. and on the flat I find a smooth stroke long and deep works well lots of technique. I also love the Zephyr

smooth crimanal

#16 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 5:43pm

Thanks so much guys for all of your valuable input and advice.
Seems like the Pegasus is the ticket.
This really hepled my decision making in that I don't know that many people who own these models let alone OC-1's.

Everyone's been awesome.

#17 Wed, 03/05/2008 - 7:44pm


#18 Wed, 05/14/2008 - 1:12am

very pithy.

#19 Wed, 05/14/2008 - 6:38am

buy a surfski

#20 Wed, 05/14/2008 - 8:39am

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