Ask ocPaddler: A more durable OC1?

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An anonymous readers asks: "Would an OC1 made totally from the same materials used for making body boards make a more durable OC1?"

It would definitely be more durable, but it probably would be considerably heavier than current boats. Some surfboards are made from that material often used as rentals or in surf lessons. I expect eventually there will be that similar market for canoes. It would be great boat for canoe clubs.

This type of thing probably wouldn't happen with a foam boat:

Do you have any thoughts on this?

Posted by keizo on Thu, 03/06/2003 - 9:55pm



that woul d make for a durable boat but like bodyboards it would become waterloged and it could crease under the weight of a hvier paddler.

#1 Sun, 03/09/2003 - 8:49am


It would be more durable but yet it wouldn't. The reasoning behind this would come from two different sides. 1: It would scratch alot easier or I should say gouge alot easier because of the softer surfaces so the beauty of your canoe would not last long( especially if you have cats). The tension from your steering would eventually give because of the foam surrounding it softening the more often pressure is applied
2: The only benefit would be if you were into surfing waves with it. Alot harder to break a surfboard than a boogie board.

#2 Thu, 03/13/2003 - 7:29pm


IT would cause too much flex in the hull losing drive, speed, and control. Like foam surfboards, the biggest reason for it's invention is for the safety of the surfer. When it hits your head........minors!

#3 Fri, 12/17/2004 - 10:30am

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