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I have a buddy who owns an auto repair shop...says he can repaint the surface of an OC1 or ski using auto paint that will weigh about 3/4 lbs and buff out any surface scratches....anyone try some thing like this before?

taking off rudder?

Hi everyone,

I'm shopping around for my first oc1 and would like to buy used since i'm a beginner. Ideally, i would love a rudderles since i'm an adaptive paddler and cannot use the rudder anyway. i'm wondering how taking off the rudder on an oc1 would affect the performance of the boat? Alternately, how would leaving the rudder on without using the pedals affect the performance? The boat i'm looking at right now is the Fusion but am keeping my eye out for any others that pop up on y2kanu & craigslist. i'll be paddling mostly north shore (oahu) side.

Thanks for any help!!

Tiger Kahele

Can anyone put up some feed back on this canoe please?

Sorry if it has been done. I tried a search but didnt come up with anything but a the word Kahele in a small number of results.


Poly V1 in JPN

Not a high-tech, super-light machine.
But fun enough and glowing here.

Holopuni Canoes

Does anyone know if Holopuni Canoes is still in business, making OC-3 paddle and sailing canoes? Their website, www.holopunicanoes.com , seems to be non-functional.


Does anyone out there have experience with the bent shaft Tahiti Rame paddle. I have heard they have a hybrid model out also. I am interested in how it compares to the straight shaft paddle that you paddled before as well as comments on its constuction, Would you recommend this paddle? Please restrict comments to its use on an OC1 OR OC2.

Rigging with rubber strips or bike inner tubes??

Does anyone have any photos or advise on how to rig a surfing canoe with rubber strips. I am not sure if what's being used are old bike inner tubes?? Any advise would be appreciated. I am using quickstraps, but I am affraid that there is not enough flexibility in the straps and eventually I will break something. Any advise would be appreciated, from rigging to type of rubber to use (or if bike inner tubes). Mahalo

UV and Heat Damage

After years of mulling it over and finally deciding to bite the bullet, I bought myself an OC1. Now I agonize daily over having it sit out in the hot sun on my truck rack baking. I am trying desperately to find covered parking in my area, to no avail. I have sheltered storage for it at home, but why get an OC1 if it's just going to sit at home right? So basically she sits out in the parking lot without shade from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily. Please help...

Realistically, what can I expect if I keep this up? Will she suffer significantly?

In your collective experience what type of precautions should I be taking to protect her?

Other then washing her down after each run, what maintenance should I be performing?

Si yu'os ma'ase - Haggan.

Cleaning latex house paint off V-1

The people remodeling my neighbor's house painted recently, and some of the overspray got on the bottom of my V-1 (Tiger Tevanui) hull.

What is the best way to get the dried latex paint off without damaging the gelcoat. I can scrape small areas off with my fingernail without any apparent damage, but that would take a long time to go over the whole hull.

Some sites relating to furniture repair suggest that lacquer remover, alcohol, Goof Off, Goof Off 2, and Simple Green can be used to remove latex paint, but will these damage the gelcoat?

Car top carry systems

I have a Huki OC1 and have been using a rowing shell car top carry frame for a couple of years. Essentially, the frame mounts on top of my Yakima bars. The frame extends the contact points further fore and aft, so the OC is suspended in cradles at about the 1/3 and 2/3 point of the boat length.

It works quite well, but frankly the frame is a bit on the bulky side and certainly can't be helping my fuel economy.

I keep looking at the more streamlined Yakima and Thule kayak rigs and wonder if they would work just as well, offering less drag on my car, etc. I presume for lower speeds, urban transport the saddle set-ups would work fine on their own, and that if highway speeds are encountered, adding tie downs at nose and tail would be fine.

Any suggestions as to how one can rig their OC1 on top of their car with the least amount of frame/carry gear, but still allow for transport at highway speeds?

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