The Draco is a low volume, calm water canoe designed with the versatility to serve a large range of paddlers in calm to small surf conditions.
We have wanted to design something like this for years and with the expanding reach that Ozone has provided along with a worldwide pandemic the timing seemed right (the stars aligned:). What makes the Draco unique is that this will be the first Ozone manufactured canoe specifically designed for calm water markets. We set out with a clear intention to better serve calm water markets and create a brand new design from foam that would suit their needs. As we began conceptualizing the design we noticed an increase of OC1 participation from the dragon boat community due to the pandemic. With that in mind we designed different features and benefits to cater to this unique dragon boat community as well.
The Draco is 20’6” long and 15.75” wide at the seam line but width at waterline is quite narrow and varies due to weight of the paddler. The Draco is a low volume canoe. The rocker is toned down quite a bit from the Ares but we did leave some rocker in the hull for water release purposes and for the small bumps that a paddler may find on a lake or other larger body of water. The Iakos have the ability to rig on the left or right side of the canoe to accommodate Dragon Boat time trials. Paddlers will have the option to rig their canoe on whichever side they prefer based on paddling style and level. We also designed a foot plate that can be attached allowing shorter paddlers to keep their weight distribution in the same area as taller paddlers but did not want to increase the weight of the canoe with a sliding foot pedal plate. This foot plate will keep the Draco as light as possible and still serve a wide range of paddlers. The Draco will also allow for rigging of two amas on both sides. This will create a more stable experience for physically challenged paddlers.
We are very excited to serve this worldwide community of paddlers and feel blessed to be a part of it. We hope that the Draco can open the doors for others to join in on the fun and the lifestyle we all appreciate.
DRACO OC1 REVIEW
Nowadays we have so many different canoes and we’re always looking for the best equipment when it comes to training and racing. For me, it’s not always about how good your canoe looks or how fast it can go in any type of condition, it’s about how you ride it, how you treat your canoe and how you understand it. After moving to an island with very different conditions than what I’m used to, I’ve struggled to find the “feeling” that I’m used to having. From what I’ve heard, this canoe was made for flat and small conditions. But after using it just once, this canoe is a game changer in our sport. It is universal and will be one of the best in the business. I love how the nose of the canoe looks and works in the water, it’s more narrow, cutting through the bumps faster and easier.
The seat and placement is so comfortable you can really feel the energy of the ocean under your legs, allowing you to know exactly what your next move should be. This was my very first time on the DRACO and I am in love. Designed and built by Kai Bartlett, someone who knows a canoe like the back of his hand, I trust his creations. The DRACO has allowed me to feel better in milder conditions than I have in a long time. Thank you Kai for understanding us and creating such a universal vessel. Thank you for all that you do for the paddling community and for always sharing your knowledge.
~Tuarongo Cowan, Kailua-Kona, HI
Tupuria King, international paddler reviews the Draco OC1.
BOAT LENGTH: 20' 6"
NOSE WIDTH: 7.15"
(measured 4' from nose)
CENTER WIDTH: 15.75"
(measured from center of boat)
TAIL WIDTH: 8.5"
(measured 4' from tail)
Kai shares his thoughts behind why he desinged the Draco OC1 canoe.
Kai shares how the constellation theme of naming canoes came to be and continues to drive the naming of all his designs including his latest design Draco OC1 canoe.