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Storm OC1 – Balance

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Hi Guys,

 

I just got my new Storm OC1, it looks great, is super light and catches bumps really well.

 

The one challenge I’m having is the balance, I am used to paddling a Zulu and Fusion, however with the Storm, I keep flipping the canoe. Have you got any recommendations to make it more stable to start with? E.g. What number to set the Iakos, or should I put some water in the ama?

 

Also I presume their is no front and back Iakos, they look exactly the same to me.

 

Cheers

AC

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This is a good question for Mike, as he has spent the most time on the Storm.
I think the key is to find the sweet spot with the ama, which is a lot lighter then you are used to, so you will need to spend some time practicing in flat water where you can easily right the boat and remount if you huli. Also, you will need to think differently with the Storm, what worked for you on another boat might not work here.

Here is a good article from our blog: https://outriggerzone.com/news/two-months-on-the-storm/
Cheers,

Joe

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AC

The ama is probably much lighter than what you are used to.  The hull’s waterline beam is also quite narrow, just a bit narrower than the Hurricane.  Most people look at the canoe and think it’s a big hull and has a lot of beam, but that is above the waterline.

I had a little trouble at first too, but after a few runs you will get the feel of it, and it will become easier.  In the mean time there are a few things you can do to help.  The first  is to adjust the ama higher.  The rear iako is where the adjustments have the most effect.  Try inserting the iako further into the ama.  So if you were at a 3 setting, try 4.  Another option is to add weight to the ama until you are comfortable.   You could also make your seat bowl a little deeper.  There is room to take about 1/2″ (12mm) off to lower your center of gravity.  If you want to reshape the seat I’d be very careful if you use power tools, the foam grips when you cut it, and it can be dangerous.  A wire brush or coarse sandpaper work well, but it’s time consuming.

I hope this helps.  Sorry I took so long to reply, I’m working on the new unlimited OC6 at our factory, and have been devoting all of my time to the project.  You’ve probably got your balance by now…

Michael

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Thanks Mike,

 

Balance is much better now. I’m now trying to set the canoe up level as starting to get a bit of pain down left side. What settings are the most level, is it setting 3 on both Iakos?

 

Thanks

AC

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asked November 4, 2012

2 Answers

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This is a good question for Mike, as he has spent the most time on the Storm.
I think the key is to find the sweet spot with the ama, which is a lot lighter then you are used to, so you will need to spend some time practicing in flat water where you can easily right the boat and remount if you huli. Also, you will need to think differently with the Storm, what worked for you on another boat might not work here.

Here is a good article from our blog: https://outriggerzone.com/news/two-months-on-the-storm/
Cheers,

Joe

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AC

The ama is probably much lighter than what you are used to.  The hull’s waterline beam is also quite narrow, just a bit narrower than the Hurricane.  Most people look at the canoe and think it’s a big hull and has a lot of beam, but that is above the waterline.

I had a little trouble at first too, but after a few runs you will get the feel of it, and it will become easier.  In the mean time there are a few things you can do to help.  The first  is to adjust the ama higher.  The rear iako is where the adjustments have the most effect.  Try inserting the iako further into the ama.  So if you were at a 3 setting, try 4.  Another option is to add weight to the ama until you are comfortable.   You could also make your seat bowl a little deeper.  There is room to take about 1/2″ (12mm) off to lower your center of gravity.  If you want to reshape the seat I’d be very careful if you use power tools, the foam grips when you cut it, and it can be dangerous.  A wire brush or coarse sandpaper work well, but it’s time consuming.

I hope this helps.  Sorry I took so long to reply, I’m working on the new unlimited OC6 at our factory, and have been devoting all of my time to the project.  You’ve probably got your balance by now…

Michael

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Thanks Mike,

 

Balance is much better now. I’m now trying to set the canoe up level as starting to get a bit of pain down left side. What settings are the most level, is it setting 3 on both Iakos?

 

Thanks

AC