• Ocean Kayak Recreational

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    In 1971, in a backyard in Malibu, California, our original founder took an old surfboard and carved out two places — one to sit in and another for his scuba gear. That's right the Ocean Kayak was born thanks to a passion for scuba diving. But as this craft was seen on the water and on the beach, people began to inquire. Originally built as a fiberglass kayak several people started asking how they could get one.

    In the mid-80s the operation moved north to Ferndale, Washington. Once in Ferndale, we started looking at ways to mass produce the kayaks. Rotomolding was the answer. Rotomolded polyethylene allowed us to make a tougher — practically indestructible kayak at a price that most people could afford. We started with only one model – the Scupper Classic - but quickly designed on new models to add to our line. Early on, people laughed at our boats. After all, Ocean Kayak didn't look anything like traditional kayaks. But when they took a second look they noticed some of the advantages. Unlike traditional kayaks, a sit-on-top kayak features an open cockpit that is easy to get in and out of and doesn't require you to learn how to do an "Eskimo roll." The sit-on-top is open, non-confining and more welcoming to people who have always wanted to try kayaking but may have been nervous about being trapped in a sit inside.

    We started taking our boats to resorts all around the world. While on vacation first time sit-on-top kayakers would have a fun time paddling an Ocean Kayak. Because we molded our 800# into every boat…vacationers would return home and call us to tell us how much fun they had…and ask where they could get an Ocean Kayak of their own. Word spread and by the mid-90s we were making and selling boats as fast as we could.

    Today, tens of thousands of boats later, we're one of the world's biggest manufacturers of sit-on-top kayaks. Our operation is located in Old Town, ME USA but we also produce in Auckland, New Zealand. We distribute kayaks all over the world and offer a variety of sit-on-top designs including a motorized sit-on-top kayak, a sit-on-top kayak with a window to the under water world and more. As we move into the future we plan to continue to innovate and design our boats to get more people out on the water and enjoying the sport of kayaking. Show less
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    The unique Ocean Kayak open cockpit allows the paddler to enter and exit the kayak easily from the shore, dock, or water, and paddle without feeling confined. What sets Ocean Kayak sit-on-top kayaks apart is our performance hulls. Many of our hulls were designed by a former Olympic coach who is highly regarded in the paddling community. Some of our hulls feature the Tri-Form hull design which has a distinct keel that runs the entire length of the hull with sponson-like shoulders on either side that make up the majority of the hulls' beam. This Tri-Form hull design enhances stability as the boat eases through the water. The long center keel area encourages boats to track straight when paddling and coasting.

    The wider "shoulder" areas of the hull ride high at the surface of the water without compromising speed under moderate paddling conditions. These areas provide significant secondary stability, and result in a very user friendly kayak design. Now adding volume to the bow and adding some rocker gives us a lot of maneuverability, and great surf, rough water performance. In addition, Ocean Kayak hulls derive their stiffness from compound curves rather than sharp lines. These curves have fewer stress points, which makes them less likely to crack than other kayak designs, even under impact.
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