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Big boy here (5’10 250 lbs), currently doing OC6 paddling looking at getting an OC1 so I can train on non-practice days. Never been on an OC1, any recommendations?

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Aloha Eddie,

First I have to say I admire you for considering oc1 because of desire to train more. This is a sign of a great paddler, one who is not satisfied with the expectations and ready to take it to new levels.

It is not an easy answer to your question, because on one side you have bigger volume canoes that bulls prefer, and then on the other side you have bull paddlers who take a Hurricane (super low in volume) and win races, making everyone scratch their heads.

As a 200+lbs paddler myself I go through a similar struggle, considering drag and volume and how it affects the waterline and glide etc. Its tough. We seem to have high performance exceptions yet we fight gravity like theres no tomorrow.

My experience has shown me that positioning in the canoe is just as important as volume, for big guys that could mean torso length vs leg length. Waterline  is the other big factor to consider, where does the water line up in the canoe when you are on it compared to how it was designed to ride. The way to know is to try, and when you do try, you should have a plan. Have specifics you are looking for that compare the water line, positioning and comfort of your body in the canoe and how you leverage your stroke.

If you like I can compare my experiences with the Scorpius and Storm, both canoes that perform well for centers. I also paddled a Hurricane for many years so I compare that ride as well.

That said I will restate, you should try as many canoes as possible, theres always something to learn.

Aloha

~Naim

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Category: asked April 23, 2015

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Aloha Eddie,

First I have to say I admire you for considering oc1 because of desire to train more. This is a sign of a great paddler, one who is not satisfied with the expectations and ready to take it to new levels.

It is not an easy answer to your question, because on one side you have bigger volume canoes that bulls prefer, and then on the other side you have bull paddlers who take a Hurricane (super low in volume) and win races, making everyone scratch their heads.

As a 200+lbs paddler myself I go through a similar struggle, considering drag and volume and how it affects the waterline and glide etc. Its tough. We seem to have high performance exceptions yet we fight gravity like theres no tomorrow.

My experience has shown me that positioning in the canoe is just as important as volume, for big guys that could mean torso length vs leg length. Waterline  is the other big factor to consider, where does the water line up in the canoe when you are on it compared to how it was designed to ride. The way to know is to try, and when you do try, you should have a plan. Have specifics you are looking for that compare the water line, positioning and comfort of your body in the canoe and how you leverage your stroke.

If you like I can compare my experiences with the Scorpius and Storm, both canoes that perform well for centers. I also paddled a Hurricane for many years so I compare that ride as well.

That said I will restate, you should try as many canoes as possible, theres always something to learn.

Aloha

~Naim