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I'm looking into buying sunglasses for paddling. any suggestions? Polarized vs. UV? Brands? Price ranges?

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..


so heres the story..im thinking about buying my first one man and i'm not too sure whats the right dimensions for me and if its the right one man. My friends selling a John Martin 24' fiberglass...one man for $900. I'm 6'1" and weigh 195 lbs. Is this one man the right size or am getting into a bad investment. Some people say just buy it and start paddling until you get good....need help.

Lightning versus Mirage

My club recently purchased the last (and possibly best) of the Bradley Lightnings made in Vancouver.

Last evening we practiced in preparation for a local race and noticed significantly different performance upwind and downwind between our Mirages and Lightning. Both had similarly sized/skilled crews and competant steersmen.

The Mirage easily walked away on the upwind leg from the Lightning ( 4-6' wind and wave swells) but Lightning struck on the way home, easily blowing the Mirage away on the surfing run. I was struck by the superior surfing ability of the Lightning hull, it seemed to sit in the wave more.

At the time of purchase it was discussed that "there may be a performance difference in our sheltered waters" and while we've only had her a short time, however I'm curious if others have seen this kind of performance difference between these two canoes.. I know it's like comparing a Lamborghini and a Ferrari but....any comments? thoughts? personal opinions?

Haiku? (actually I'm hoping for some good info before the thread degrades into our usual Friday foolishness :)

Paddle Size

I'm curious what size paddles people are using. I heard the trend is shorter paddles.

I am 5'10" and use a 50" or 51"

Could you list your height and paddle size? This is a completely curious unscientific study

Mahalo nui!


Anyone familiar with the v-1 canoes ,what is hot in v-1 scene now,post some picts

The Fiberglass Shop Outrigger Canoes

Just bought an old outrigger from a buddy. He said it came from Hawaii. It measures 27" from stem to stern and has "The Fiberglass Shop Outrigger Canoes" on the bow. Anyone have any background on this company. I need to restring the steering cables for the rudder to the foot pedals and wanted to talk to someone from the shop if it was still around.

How much of a factor is the weight of the canoe on performance?

Assume that there are two canoes of identical design, materials, etc. The "only" difference between them is that one weighs 28 pounds and the other 34 pounds fully rigged. Both canoes are not affected by the weight difference in terms of the strength and the long-term integrity of the canoe. Assume also that both canoes are paddled by the same paddler (assume he/she weighs 170 lbs) and under the same conditions.

What would you expect to find when the canoes are raced in (i) flat water, (ii) upwind and (iii) downwind conditions under sprint and endurance events?

Is 6lbs a detriment or contributor to performance in terms of who wins the race?

Question for Fusion owners....

due to the high sides of the fusion, is it an exceptionally hard boat to climb onto from the right after a huli? I am heavy so I am sure that doesn't help. I can do all the dips pushups, pool dips, pullups etc but it is a long way up and out of the water with the high sides. Getting in on ama side = no problem.


New to oc1

I would like to get into oc1,former windsurfer 240lbs 5'10 wailuku side. I know i've got to loose 40# at least.
Seeking 411 on canoe type I should buy (used). recreational/exercise mentality, please kokua.
I 'll probably be learning in kahului harbor.
mahalo nui loa

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