carbon fiber iakos...

we did a Kalapaki to Poipu run the other day and outside shipwreaks the guy ahead of me was caught by a big white cap and the ama just ripped off. The iakos broke off at the end right next to the ama. And guess what, it was a hurricane with skinny carbon fiber iakos. Don't get me wrong, I love the hurricane, it's an awesome boat, but the iakos should be aluminum or at least a bit thicker. When they break like that, it's pretty hard to do anything. We ended up getting a lifeguard with a jetski from Poipu Beach.

Oh and that canoe was borrowed so it was even worse... And then luke had to lock the keys in the truck so we spent 4 hours trying to unlock it. 2 wires, 2 slim jims, 10 people and we never got it... What a great day. :shock:

On my hurricane iakos the hole for the button has worn so big my front iako moves in and out at least an inch. And they are only one season old. Doesn't happen with aluminum.
And of all the broken iakos I've seen or heard about, none have been aluminum..

Submitted by keizo on Wed, 07/23/2003 - 10:50am


luke, drop me a line and I'll fill you in

#1 Wed, 08/06/2003 - 9:57pm

Mac whats up, how's Australia? What Keizo didn't mention is that we were borrowing the hurricane without permission from the owner.. which makes breaking the iakos a little worse, plus seeing the owner at the beach after his canoe gets towed in by a jet ski. Anyone who has spent four hours trying to break into a car knows that it's not fun.. i think i would have rather lost the keys then have them sitting in the ignition a foot away, but anyways, none of us died, we replaced the iakos and finally got into the car, so it wasn't so bad.. I don't think we have any australian zulu's on kauai, how did you test it out in a big way?

#2 Mon, 08/04/2003 - 7:34pm

that sucks. Talk about a bad day. It could have been worse though. The keys could have been lost, car could have been stolen, there could have been a storm as soon as your iakos broke, and ther could have been a giant jelly fish around :mrgreen:
As for carbon fiber it just proves that it's not a miracle material. It's a great material, but not for everything. Unfortunately, the only way to find out what it's good for is to try it...
(oh, my first post!!)

#3 Thu, 07/31/2003 - 3:47am


Better to have it happen at shipwrecks than outside Mahalepu. I always found the sleeper sets at Mahalepu a shocker. Have you had a look at the Australian Zulu as an OC1 alternative? I have one and I rate it. Check it out at Just got back from a trip to Coral Bay in Western Australia and I tested it out in a big way. Great for fishing as it is easy to rig a trampoline due to the massive ama and distance between Iakos. My best to Luke. Mac

#4 Sun, 08/03/2003 - 3:24pm


Hi guys.....ho....that sounds really scary.....and yet I know you guys are really careful. Gosh....what memories......and to think in a couple of weeks it will be off to college......believe me.....I've been there and I hope it never happens again......Brett told me on Sunday that there is new ama for the hurricane that is better for ocean water. I told him that I wanted to check it out and I know the other guys would be interested in it too....I'll let you know if I get to try it out.....hey....Take Care.....

#5 Wed, 08/06/2003 - 6:44am

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