John Martins anygood?

A friend has a john martin OC1 that is a couple years old...not too sure what model it is...all i know is that it's 24 ft long? do you know what model it is? or any help on info because i'm considering it as my very first OC1, to start in the sport...any info is helpful..

Submitted by brn_skn on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 10:54am

The only OC1 from John Martin that I know of is a Nai'a. Check out their website and click Nai'a oc-1 on the left.

#1 Wed, 05/28/2008 - 11:46am

i just bought one of these used on craigslist. it seems to be a nice boat but its my first oc-1.

#2 Thu, 06/12/2008 - 1:28pm

its one of the most comfortable, easiest to ride, most durable one man I have ever ridden. So whats the trade-off? Its slow as a muthah.

#3 Thu, 06/12/2008 - 2:02pm

I agree with poopoopaddler. It is very durable (even with light weight construction), very easy to ride (like a Cadillac), and pretty comfy.

But I have found that it feels real slow and it can be really tippy. The ama has a lot of wetted surface. And I have found it hard to control in confused waters (because of the ama design, the tippiness, and the seat design it tends to be a little hard to control).

But all in all it does work pretty good. Surfs ok. Runs on flats ok. Pretty durable. Just don't expect major performance at a race. Recreation only is what I'd say...but then again, I've only been paddlin' a year and one-man's less than that.

#4 Thu, 06/12/2008 - 2:43pm

If it is a couple of years old, it could conceivably be a Hihimanu. It was a couple of years ago that he decided to stop making those. Again, a very durable and comfortable canoe to paddle. However, at 24 feet, it sounds like it should be an OC-2. The Hihimanu and Nai'a I think were each around 21'6".

#5 Thu, 06/12/2008 - 7:43pm

i bought the nai'a

#6 Thu, 06/12/2008 - 8:02pm

Nuttin' wrong with the nai'a. True, it's not as high speed as the latest models, but a solid, comfy craft for all conditions as noted above. Incidentally, I know some guys who have done well in the solo on the Nai'a, but that was quite awhile ago. Doesn't Arlene Holzman still paddle one? Doesn't seem slow or tippy for her...

#7 Fri, 06/13/2008 - 4:50pm

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