Old OC1's

What happens to old OC1's.
I just purchased a real oldie for next to nothing. This one won the Hamo in it's time...so I am told:-)
I love my canoes and do not like to part with them unless they are going to a good home, but they do take up space and collect dust
Novice paddlers can borrow the oldie. It will keep them off the "good boat"
So what has happened to all those old rowing boat hulls that were made into OC1's .. you know the ones. They were too long to legally fit on roof racks..unless you drove a train or a very large truck. They were ok for flat water only... and expensive.

And now that racing has gone all carbon fibre lightweight..what happens to all those fibreglass heavish craft.
Do they become Club boats?
When I was in Tahiti, I saw lots of discarded Va'a sitting in back yards. Heck there were grave yards of OC6 sitting on some beaches.
Do any of you guys still own an oldie?

Submitted by ocpaddler on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 9:28pm



I think that like old windsurfers, they just collect more dings, more patches, more water, end up with grass growing over them in a back yard, and eventually end up at the dump.
Or more poetically end up in OC1 Heaven.


#1 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 2:51am


Depends on what you mean as old. Some people swap out canoes like cars or computers to have the "latest and greatest". I still have my first canoe, a fiberglass Kaku Elua. It does have its share of dings and dents, but remains a very solid canoe. However, I still take it out instead of letting the grass grow up around it. Since there isn't much of a market for used fiberglass canoes (at least to the point where I'm willing to sell it), I've just hung onto it and loaned it out to other paddlers on occasion or, as ocpaddler stated, to the novice paddlers to get a feel of an OC-1.


#2 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 5:38am


Hey Hawk
I didn't think "Patches" floated any more.


#3 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 6:06am


Someone once told me about old broken boats lying around in Tahiti. Hero do you know how much you could buy a busted up V1 or V6, It would be sweet to take a look around and do a salvage mission. Take them home and refurbish em for a club.


#4 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 8:04am


You can donate them to a club that has a oneman program. I donate my old 'skis to HCKT here in Hawai'i...they use them. I couldn't afford a new oneman so I bought a great used one from a friend and it works great. It's a model that is popular (Pegasus) and it is one of the older ones but it is scarey light and I love it. SOMEONE will appreciate an old boat. You just gotta find that person.


#5 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 8:32am


I own one of Karel's canoes from back in the early 90's. Check out these specs... 26' long, wooden tie down yiakos, no padding for a seat, 60lbs rigged, and all fiberglass. If you look at all the patches I had to do to get it water tight you could call it a birdhouse for one big bird family. But I tell you one thing, I still love taking that boat out.


#6 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 12:10pm


I had a old Montgomery fiberglass almost given to me and I left it for a friend to patch. I folded it for the third time, and it wound up going to the canoe haven some how.... but I still miss it. I think it was about 25 feet and 40 pounds or less maybe .


#7 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 2:47pm


You can donate an old OC1 to Outrigger's 1man program and write it off as a tax deduction, I believe. You can contact the club for more details. I'm not sure of them.


#8 Mon, 11/24/2008 - 2:21pm


It was Tarzan or perhaps H. Ryder Haggard who spoke of the "Fiberglass OC-1 Graveyard" and it is only two city blocks from the Mutia escarpment and:the legendary Elephant's Graveyard.

As with the Elephants Graveyard, where you can be a rich man if you can harvest the ivory tusks from the elephants' boneyard, The Fiberglass OC-1 Graveyard is the place of every treasure hunter's dreams. Stainless cables and nuts and bolts. Old lashings and iakos. The finest slightly faded decals and miles and miles of small black bungey cord. More stretched out tired bungey cord than one man could dream of.

If you find the Fiberglass OC-1 Graveyard I warn you to keep it a secret for it carries a curse.

I must leave now, because I hear the drums of the Coconut Telegraph.

~~~~~~~~~~
YankeeHo'okele
"Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm" - Syrus Publilius


#9 Mon, 11/24/2008 - 2:57pm


There you go HAWK you can now get what you want for your OC1...but in the way of a tax write off.
What an excellent idea... and it is all for a good course
It saddens me to think that an OC1 could end up like those old pre-loved windsurfer boards.
It is strange that you rarely see a sail with them. Must be a market for sails??


#10 Mon, 11/24/2008 - 6:49pm


Yeah, I've seen more than a few pre-loved sailboards up in Vancouver
having a second life as a poor man's SUP board. Grab an old oar and
a mossy windsurfer and your on the water for free!


#11 Tue, 11/25/2008 - 7:02am


I have an older Kaiwi Challenger that a teammate and I fixed up. She was the old club trainer and wasn't much to look at before the restoration. She had all manner of patches and scratches all over her hull and ama. She looks much better now and I plan on taking her around the world with me to raise money for the Hemophilia Foundations of Hawai'i and Northern California. You can see the before and after photos here: http://arlna.com/canoe.html and here: http://feljcruz.blogspot.com/2008/10/blog-post.html.

I love this older canoe; she's fairly stable, gets attention, and is a great trainer. With a little effort, muscle, and paint, you can bring one of these oldies back to life and spend hours of enjoyable recreational paddling.

ARL NorthAm: The Research of Adventure. The Adventure of Research.


#12 Mon, 12/15/2008 - 9:35am


That is so cool when some love and attention goes into bringing a preloved Outrigger back to it's youth and glory.
I think all Outrigger are special. We sometimes get.. to much into the competitive side and discard what is no longer in fashion.
Good on ya for making this happen. Good luck on your tour. may your adventure be fruitful and whole new communities of people be educated.
get up with the sun, and....Paddle on...into the sunset.


#13 Mon, 12/15/2008 - 8:54pm


old OC-1's have history, unlike any sport I can think of, our boats get passed on for years, Many with custom colors and patterns, they have there own personalities. I know of one boat that has lots of history and Mana, It was Lileo Kinimaka's canoe, It is a Yellow Hurricane with more stickers than a Nascar. red hibiscus all over the Canoe, I helped sell it for Lileo when he moved back to Hawaii. The canoe was sold to my friend in Northern Cal who used it for years. It almost meet an end while surfing a Tug boat wake and ran over a Kayaker, Tearing open the hull on the Kick-up rudder, I even ran over the boat once in a race and took quite a bit of gel coat off my ama from the tiller bar. Steve sold it to Ben and it is still getting daily outings on SF Bay. The boat received a new Ama and Iako' and will be good for many more years. I am sure before it goes to the grave it will have a few more owners.


#14 Tue, 12/16/2008 - 1:25pm


I never sell any of my OC1's, they are apart of my history and i respect them like a family member. They may be just glass 'n resin but they have experienced all the joys and journeys on the ocean that you have.

If i ever did, it would be to someone i know.

Cheers Rambo


#15 Tue, 12/16/2008 - 1:38pm


Rambo, I've sold all of my loved ones to someone I know too. Someone with money!!!!!!!!!!
Otherwise my shed would look like an OC1 graveyard.


#16 Wed, 12/17/2008 - 1:13am


Here's to collecting old boats & dreaming of new projects.


#17 Wed, 12/17/2008 - 8:43am


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