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THE UNLIMITED OC6 YOUʻVE BEEN WAITING FOR

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WITH THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF OC6 DESIGN, KAI WAʻA SETS A NEW STANDARD IN OC6 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE

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When Kai started on the Hydra OC6, he followed much of the same process he does when he designed a one man canoe, on a much bigger scale. Holding on to his roots, hand-shaping and molding a scaled prototype for testing was a key part of the process.

 

A fun part of the Hydra design process was trying to ship the prototype around for different crews to have a chance to test it out in all kinds of conditions (without letting word get out that a Kai Wa'a six man was on the horizon). Countless Maliko runs, a Pailolo channel crossing, and putting it through its paces on a Hawai'i Kai run all had to be done.

 

Once Kai got to a point

Like all of Kai Wa'a's designs, the Ares started out with sweaty days in the shop, hours of hand-shaping and molding prototypes before honing in on the finished design. In between came weeks of rigorous testing by the men and women who hold our respect, both for their performance on the racing circuit and for their honest feedback that pushes us to be better.

 

Kai Wa'a will always stand behind the performance of our designs, and the Ares is no exception. While comfort not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of an elite athlete, it is something Kai's designs have become known for. The Ares was one of the first of his designs to really dial that in. As someone who has spent countless hours training for the most challenging races in the paddling world, you can trust that the finished product is something you will enjoy logging miles on.

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WITH THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF OC6 DESIGN, KAI WAʻA SETS A NEW STANDARD IN OC6 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE

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OVERALL LENGTH: 39' 6"

OVERALL WIDTH: 1ʻ 7"

(measured at widest point)

LOAD WATERLINE: 

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As Kai Wa'a's first Unlimited canoe,  original goal with the Ares was to create a canoe that would run well in all conditions. Not just in the surf, but upwind, downwind, and flat water. At it's introduction we felt that the Ares was our best design yet, and we're happy to still feel that way about its place as an all-around canoe years on.

As for performance, in the surf, the Ares is effortless with full control, which is hard to find in designs of this scale. The upwind paddling is smooth and consistent, with easy acceleration in the flat sections. Flat water gets entertaining when surges of ground swell, or residual of back wash, catch the hull and take you for an unexpected glide.

 

Whether training for Solo or cruising with family on the weekends, the Ares has earned a reputation as a solid choice for paddlers of any level. We are confident that you will enjoy your time on the water, and look forward to seeing the Ares out there for years to come.

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SEAT
New platform seat design for maximum comfort during long distance races

SPRAY SKIRT
Innovtive spray skirt design, with less material and reduced weight, exclusive to the Hydra

STRENGTH + WEIGHT
All components have been redesigned; focusing on strength while reducing weight
 

COCKPIT
Unique cockpit design with lowered left gunnel and asymmetrical outline
Allows for easier mounting

LELE AMA + WEIGHT
Our popular Lele OC6 ama has been optimized and reengineered with 50% less weight than other modern OC6s
 

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IAKO + RIGGING
Unique iako receiver blocks which allows for maximum ama adjustability and double hull rig

IAKO WEIGHT
Reengineered iakos with 50% less weight than other modern OC6s 
 

FOOTBRACE
New ergonomic carbon footbrace design that is easy to adjust on the fly

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ama adjustment to the hull side like an OC1
ama adjustability range of 4" up or down

 

Set of 3x pieces, 1 for each pair of seats
Unique asymmetrical design that results in less track at each seat and less weight overall 
Zipper of 2nd seat in each pair is asymmetrical 
Zipper pull with golf ball for easy opening/closing
Heavy duty YKK zippers, designed to last


 

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IAKO + RIGGING

Unique iako receiver blocks for maximum ama adjustability/functionality also allowing for a double hull rig 

ama adjustment to the hull side like an OC1

ama adjustability range of 4" up or down

FEATURES

safety system

SAFETY SYSTEM

bungee in place to keep rudder in position

drain plug of OC1

FOOTWELL DRAIN

enhanced drainage

with new design

OC1 footwell

SEATING POSITION

lower footwells for an ergonomic seating position

Canoe Rudder

RUDDER

same Kai Wa'a rudder design popular among all canoes

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ADDITIONAL STORAGE

forward and aft

storage for paddler

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