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Ohana Paddles

Last time I was in Kona, I saw wooden paddles called Ohana paddles. They looked beautiful and was wondering if anyone has used them and how they were. I realized that the head of the paddles looked bigger than regular paddles?

rudder shaft tube repair

My OC-2 Stingray rudder shaft tube has separated from the hull. The rudder took a good hit causing the connection between the tube (that the rudder shaft goes through) and the bottom of the hull to fail. The hull takes on water at the connection beween the rudder tube and the bottom of the hull. I tried filling the crack with marine epoxy (not sure if I got a good enough bond) but it did not connect the tube to the hull. Any suggestions on how to fix??

Or, anyone know of a good repair person on Kauai??

Storage for OC1 canoe

Moving from Big Island to Oahu, Waikikki. Looking for affordable, safe storage along the ala wai canal.

Ma'a Afi

Was considering buying the Ma'a Afi from Pineula Va'a, but don't know anybody who owns one. Does anyone have any reviews? comments ?

looking for supplier of outrigger canoe carts on mainland


Search function is not working for me.... Can anyone point me to sellers of 6 man outrigger canoe carts (for rolling them to the water)?


2 person for recreational/trolling

I am looking into a 2 person for recreational use when the surf is flat,and want to lash a light fishing pole to the' iako so I can troll at the same time,more fun than stand up paddling for me.Anyone have any advice as to the model/manufacturer here in Hawai'i?is the standard 'iako strong enough,or does it have to be reinforced?What's your mana'o?Mahalo

Brand name PFD you have actually used to paddle in and recommend?

In this forum, I've seen all those recommendations for inflatable lifejackets that you can wear around your waist. I spent 35 years with inflatable lifejackets and know them to be &*(%$^%. The lever mechanisms and puncture pins always corrode up, the CO2 capsules leak, and you don't know where you stand unless you do very DETAILED maintenace daily. They are something like Dumbo's feather, a magic talisman to satisfy a legal requirement with no true practical value. The last thing I elect to do on saltwater is to trust my life to ferrous metals or their alloys.

Who has a foam lifejacket that they feel offers a good comfortable fit that does not interfere..much...with their stroke.

I've seen the Mocke advertised by Ocean Paddle Sports, but know it is NOT USCG approved. I look at it and cannot see where the foam is. I also note it has a place for hydration, which has to make it heavy when it is on your back out of the water.

Yeah, yeah, I know they all chafe and give you an uneven tan. Favorites? Ones you've seen in a catalog or store that you'd buy if you didn't have religious convictions about wearing lifejackets?

Personally I'm thinking of weaving kapok into my jams.

paddling the Wackey shaft verses a double bend

FNG here(new guy) I just moved to the bay area and from surf ski to OC1, I bought a Zepher from oceanohana (thanks Chris)Lisa likes her Fuze as well!!. I am now an addict. I paddle to work, afternoon down hills weekends, etc.. lots of miles. The question, I am a skinny bas$%d and am getting a litle wrist fatigue.
I have read the old threads and thanks Rambo I have lightened up the grip!! Shawn, you speak of the wackey shaft several months ago. Still use that, I know you jumped in with both feet as well.
Thanks all for the awesome videos and advice.


Rudder fell off my hurricane and I will be molding a new rudder on the rod (that attaches to the hull) and am looking for design ideas.
haven't yet decided if I will make the rudder a spare for flat -small, less drag, or bigger for better downwind maneuverability. I guess it depends on how feasible the design.
My original idea was to shape a mold based off of the current outrigger zone rudder and reduce size by 20-30% and use in flat water, if not satisfied with result then I would just increase the size by placing in new larger mold to test for downwind. Thoughts?
Hows this rudder developed by Epic:
<img src="http://www.epickayaks.com/download/journals/images/news/2008/18X-rudder />

paddling in cold weather...


What do you recommand against cold weather (well, not that cold, air temp. around 10-15°C and water temp. 11-13° C ) to paddle ?
For you people in warm areas, please com here to know what I'm talking about before living any sarcastic comments... :-)
I would like to keep paddling in winter too.

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