Wow reading comments today on ocpaddler, about the Solo coming up, you can sense there are definitely some bad feelings about the Kamanu and John Puakea split, as well as former Kamanu team riders leaving and most of all, the new Oc1 “Ehukai” that John Puakea is coming out with. Someone, which seemed like a Kamanu affiliate wrote some damaging things implicating that John was stealing Kamanu’s design and 99% of his hull was in fact, the Pueo. Pretty strong statements that leads you to think that Kamanu is really worried about their 5-year reign on the Hawaii OC1 market and that they see Puakea Designs as a real threat. I been reading about how local monies stay in the local economy, no doubt pokes at the Ehukai which will be produced out of China. In my opinion, if you really want to help the local economy, help the local consumer who is currently paying $4500+ and make the canoes under $3k like the Oc1s of the past. I would love to see how much profit OC1 canoe companies have made in last years’ sales.
In communicating with Jimmy Austin, the Ehukai will be $4200. and you get the top of the line materials, so basically you get the strongest and lightest layup and save about $400. Thats money in the pocket for the direct consumer. I dont know about the Ehukai design but I like already the monies you could potentially be saving. Now only if its fast!
Jimmy stated today on ocpaddler that Danny Ching will be using the Ehukai in the Solo, a cut up plug, as John’s canoes will not be ready in time. If Danny can pull off a win or stay close to Pat Dolan or Manny, the canoe will make a statement, if he’s behind, he can blame the weight of the plug. In any case less pressure for the California paddler.