The Ozone Kahele OC1 outrigger canoe is one of Johnny Puakea's latest designs. He put together all of his extensive knowledge to design a great all around canoe that not only catches bumps with the best out there but is also a great canoe for lakes and rivers with awesome comfort and speed. This shorter canoe will be easier to handle in and out of the water and the Kahele surfs inland, shorter frequency waves well. Even though the Kahele has a shorter overall length then other canoes, because of the straighter rocker profile it has as much wetted surface as longer canoes with a similar hull speed.
Here is what Ozone has to say about the Kahele
Lighter. Stronger. Faster.... and now
shorter. Introducing Kahele, a dynamic new OC1 design by Johnny Puakea.
- Shorter length at 19'.3"
- Wider around center at 16"
- Plumb bow and optimized waterline
- Footwell cover, multiple rudder
- Comfort-focused cockpit (same as the
- Available in Pro Model and Standard
Performance 100% Carbon Layup
At 19'3", the new Kahele pairs the manageability of less size with a
progressive approach to canoe design. The Kahele is designed for improved
efficiency by eliminating length in the nose and tail of the canoe. The Kahele
features an optimized waterline of about 19 feet.
Kahele, meaning "to move", is easy to manage both on and off the
water. Although appealing to lighter paddlers looking for less to move around,
Kahele also stands out for paddlers of all sizes due to its
revolutionary design. It's compact, maneuverable size enables it to catch swell
and jump over the bump in front with less effort. It also fits neatly in the
trough between bumps so you don't get stuck and lose momentum.
"The Kahele is a canoe designed to be in harmony with its environment,
not controlled by it. "
Johnny had an idea, as he watched canoes and analyzed footage, something stood
out. "About one foot on each end of an OC1 does not serve the goal
of moving the boat forward with efficiency. In fact, in flat water, this extra
surface area is out of the water and has no value at all. And in the wind, it
means more canoe gets pushed around with the additional surface area." says
This thought kicked off a chain reaction. Looking at the values and progress
brought about by the Kahe Kai it was time to weigh out where to go next.
Trimming the length, and adding volume in specific areas Johnny arrived at the
revolutionary design, Kahele. Although perfect for flatwater, the Kahele
executes in downwind and rough water in a way that is changing how we
understand downwind paddling performance.
"The stout design of the Kahele really delivers on rougher days and in
the swell. It minimizes the front-to-back shifting on bumps. By omitting
surface area and length we have essentially reduced the effect of friction and
unwanted movement caused by waves, chop and moving water."
- The deck of the Kahele is designed
for improved efficiency, with a low profile and aerodynamic shape. The
Kahele features a plumb bow to cut sharply through the water.
- Featuring the popular carbon fiber
footwell cover to keep the wind, sun, and water out. This cover not only
protects your feet from the elements, but at 8 lbs a gallon, prevents the
buildup of 20 lbs of water that would otherwise pool in the footwell
before draining out.
- The Kahele fits in most garages. It
can also be shipped in a 20 ft container, making it cheaper and much
easier to take with you on your next faraway adventure.