Post by chriscorey on Mar 14, 2017 13:20:16 GMT -5
In the past I've raced primarily OC2 and since my partner is a deadbeat, I'm looking at OC1 this year. What do OC1 paddlers like to float? My two options are a OT Disco 158 or a Sawyer Charger. Since the weight is about the same, I'm inclined to paddle the Discovery since it's shorter and more durable. Thoughts?
I'm a K1 but glad SOMEONE is posting with the St. George a little more than a week away. Hopefully the forum will heat up in the next week or so.
Yes, it will be nice to see some increased activity here. I heard from Dale Cross of the Waldo County YMCA that the St. George had been open several weeks ago, but had at least some sections that were iced up as of yesterday. I plan to drive out there to take a look -- and hopefully paddle at least part of it -- tomorrow. I'll report back here what I find out.
The most popular OC1 is a soloized Penobscot 16. The Disco 158 should do the job for something like the St Geo, although a boat with some arch in the bottom would be more playful in whitewater. Do you have a center seat setup?
I'm not familiar with the Sawyer, but a search suggests it's 18.5', which would be tough for a solo paddler to turn.
Yeah the Sawyer is 18'6" I picked it up last year. It's a mid 70's model, it was a response by Sawyer to the Mad River TW Special. It's a great river tripper but to your point, not friendly in little rivers like the St. George.
I set up a kneeling thwart/seat in the Disco yesterday, up until now I've just paddled it backward. It doesn't look like I'll have a chance to test it before Saturday.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2017 8:41:04 GMT -5 by chriscorey
I have a Charger I put a minicell saddle in as a "workout" boat I use here on MDI's Eagle Lake. Down river racing as a C-1? No way!! It might work for you in the big waves on the Penobscott. I have given that some thought "Right down the middle!! Ha!" Wind and turns would make it impossible. It is a great big water touring boat.
I have a Sawyer Canadian that is round and short (16'6") Too round to be competitive C-1 except on the upper Passy.
My fave is a Common 16'6". Very light, no rocker, Kevlar, sold to me by Rhaph his-self back in 1980. A very fast and capable boat.
Look for an old Kevlar Lincoln 16'6" downriver boat and put a saddle in it.
Hi Chris, I do remember our meeting. Remember the "new" P 17 RX that needed gunnels? We bought it for $350. Hull is perfect never launched. $80.00 for new gunnels and rivets. Haven't put it back into shape yet but happy to have a new P 17 RX. That boat would do well C-1 on the Penobscott.