OC-6 your club has been looking for.
Designed specifically to perform in moderate seas as opposed to
huge open ocean waves.
The Advantage is the best built most maintenance free OC-6 on the
At 44' 8", the Advantage is one of the longest canoes in competition.
Entry and exit times are as fine allowed within the HCRA rules.
The generous rocker profile allows maneuverability, to turn quickly
in surf conditions, yet provides enough tracking to keep the boat
on course. The sides of the Advantage are high to decrease the amount
of water coming in when paddling through waves. The combination
of high speed, maneuverability and rough water capabilities make
the Advantage the perfect boat for all Outrigger races.
Canoes will be available at regulation 400# weight or at 300#,
Orders for the Advantage can be completed in as little as 4-6 weeks.
$9949 - includes canoe, ama and iako
the popularity of outrigger racing continues to grow worldwide,
demand for well-built racing craft has also grown. Second only to
race performance is most club's concern for low maintenance. The
Clipper Advantage was built to meet and exceed the needs of the
most demanding outrigger racers - one of our taller orders! From
the start of the project our goal has been to build the best OC6
(six person outrigger) available. This page was put together to
help you learn more about what makes the Clipper Advantage such
an exceptional canoe.
1996 Western Canoeing was considering production of a six person
Hawaiian racing outrigger. After the success of the 31' Northern
Dancer, a project large enough to require development of new laminating
techniques as well as new mold tooling, we felt confident that we
could develop another big canoe. We heard that Greg Barton was working
on a similar project in Seattle. During discussions with him we
decided to collaborate on the project and the concept of the Advantage
OC6 was born. After a year and a half of design work, prototype
testing, and tooling, the first production canoe was completed early
came into the project with considerable hull design background as
well as the respect among the paddlesports racing community that
comes from two Olympic golds, a first place Molokai finish, and
the continuing racing success he enjoys. Greg raced the Advantage
to a first place in the men's masters division at Catalina 98 with
Team Hawaii Masters steered by "Nappy" Napoleon.
HULL DESIGN by Greg
"At 44' 8", the Advantage is one of the longest canoes
in competition. Entry and exit times are as fine allowed within
the HCRA rules. The generous rocker profile allows maneuverability,
to turn quickly in surf conditions, yet provides enough tracking
to keep the boat on course. The sides of the Advantage are high
to decrease the amount of water coming in when paddling through
waves. The combination of high speed, maneuverability and rough
water capabilities make the Advantage the perfect boat for all Outrigger
The Advantage was designed to meet Hawaiian Outrigger Specifications
using either the Hawaiian or California test methods. On April 18,
1998 a production canoe was weighed, measured, and tested by Bud
Hohl of California. By the end of the day it had passed and was
certified race legal by KOA (Kalifornia Outrigger Association) standards.
When loaded to the 1500 lbs displacement for waterline measurement
the waterline length is 36' 4 1/4". It starts 44" from
the bow, measured along the rocker line. Please keep in mind that
this is the waterline for testing only, an 1100 lb crew in the 400
lb hull will not trim the hull out in the same way because of the
distribution of the weight. Because of the fullness of the Advantage's
stern relative to the bow, a shift back in crew weight will shorten
the canoe's waterline. A shift back in crew weight to move the waterline
3" further from the bow should only move the stern waterline
back a little over 2". In short, this means that the Advantage's
depth and considerable rocker make it sensitive to trim - something
that can help in a race once you learn how to use it.
Canoe spreaders are on 10'7" centres. This will accommodate
a Channel Master Ama, the Huki Ama or Western Canoeing's own Clipper
The splash board and manu ends are not permanently attached to the
canoe. They bolt on with stainless fasteners into threaded inserts
mounted flush in the deck. Wooden manu ends are not included with
the canoe but can be ordered. Clubs may choose to use the canoe
without manu, or customize it with manu carved specifically for
their canoe. Molding the decks without fiberglass manu allows us
to build stronger ends into each Advantage and allows traditionalists
to race their canoe with koa manu.
Our urethane coated nylon spraydeck slides into an anodized aluminum
track, the track is included on all canoes. Instead of fitting over
the splash board, the splash board is removed, the spraydeck is
installed, and then the splash board is bolted back on through a
foam gasket sewn inside the end of the spraydeck. The result is
a very watertight and sleek fit at the front of the spraydeck. Spraydeck
joins at the iako use a new roll-down system and quick release buckles
that is very watertight, gives lots of adjustment, and can be quickly
opened and reclosed to adjust the rigging.
Seats are contoured and are bolted to a rail on the hull. The bolts
allow for some adjustment of seat placement to fine tune the trim.
An Advantage could be ordered with seats permanently glassed into
the hull, this would probably increase the torsional stiffness of
the hull marginally but the adjustability of the trim would be lost,
keeping in mind the torsional stiffness of the hull is already very
Western Canoeing's building experience is very diverse. Our line
includes open Canadian canoes, decked canoes and kayaks, and several
big canoes. From the beginning of the Advantage project we felt
that a different approach could be used to build an OC6. Our construction
method centres on the concept of eliminating seams. We have developed
a way to make the Advantage essentially a one piece canoe built
in a two piece mold. The laminate includes a lot of unidirectional
and biaxial fibres to enhance stiffness as well as woven kevlar
and structural foam. The building technique includes crucial timing
sequence of building stages, vacuum bagging, and rotating the whole
mold to different orientations during construction. There is no
"chop" and no wood used anywhere in the Advantage.
Our goal has not been to build the lightest OC6 possible. Advantage
weights average in between 365 and 370 lbs. Our goal has been to
build extremely durable outriggers requiring minimal maintenance,
outriggers that will still be competing when they are 20 years old.
CLIPPER ADVANTAGE OC6 RIGGING NOTES
Most canoes are rigged with some toe in , perhaps 3/4", in
order to compensate for the ama drag causing the canoe to turn towards
the ama. The Advantage has more gunwale beam at the rear iako than
at the front iako so rigging it evenly (measured from the centre
of the ama to the outside of the port gunwale) is actually rigging
with about 1/2" of toe in.
- a light ama
means less drag (a fast canoe) but also less stability
- adding weight
to the ama (eg: two small weight training weights, one on the
ama-end of each iako) can dramatically improve stability.
- if the canoe
is rigged with lean towards the ama (usually accomplished by adding
a wedge between the gunwale and the iako on the ama side ) some
of the weight of the crew and canoe are transferred to the ama,
pushing it down and increasing stability.
- as the ama
lifts, lean disappears and so does the stability from it.
- the heavier
a crew is, the more they push the canoe down into the water -
as this happens, lean decreases - consequently, identical rigs
are less stable with heavier crews in them
- a wider rig
(ama farther from canoe) is more stable but the ama drag also
has more effect on steering than with a narrow rig.
Suggested rigs for average conditions with a
crew of intermediate experience - start with these rigs and then
fine tune to suit water conditions, crew weight and experience,
etc. These are for the Clipper Advantage rigged with a 25 lb Channel
Master Ama and iako supplied by Western Canoeing
(average paddler weight 140 lbs)
- both iako
- ama side
gunwale wedged 1/2" at both iako
HEAVY CREW: (average
paddler weight 200 lbs)
- both iako
- ama side
gunwale wedged 1" at both iako