I’m considering buying a used Blue Hole canoe, and am trying to verify the model. The seller indicated that it was a Blue Hole Starburst, bought about 15 years ago. He measured it (with a tape) at 16’-6" long. He sent me a representative picture which matches up with pictures of the OCA (sorry, can’t attach it, but it has the recurved bow and stern, riveted aluminum gunwales that are dead flat amidships, and that funny light blue color they had). But the length doesn’t jibe - from what I’ve read in recent posts, they made a 16 (15’-9") and a 17 (17’-3"). The Starburst is the one that seems to have been 16-6". I haven’t been able to find any pictures of the blue hole starburst, but the Evergreen (who by all reports, bought the mold) looks markedly different with the pointed ends and a bigger rocker.
So three options:
- This is an OCA – and I’m misinformed about the OCA lengths, or he mis-measured.
- This is a Starburst – and I don’t know what a blue hole starburst actually looks like.
- This is a Starburst or something else – and his picture is way off (this I think is the least likely option – and yes, I’ll get pictures of the actual boat to confirm, just doing some legwork in the interim).
When I was a kid, a family friend had what I now take for a blue hole OCA (see my description above). He paddled it solo and with me tandem on lots of class II West Virginia whitewater. At the time we called some of it class III. Me, I sat in the bow and paddled, so I couldn’t make a reasonable assessment, but he was (and is) a very good paddler.
I know that people love the OCA’s, and assuming that’s what I’m looking it, I think it fits the bill of what I’m looking for – a good whitewater tripper up to class III with good ability through big pools on lazier rivers, the occasional lake, and something like the Hudson in the Kingston area (pretty big river, occasional wake and wind driven waves, and tidal so that sometimes you’re paddling upstream). Thoughts? Something else that I should be looking for?
Thanks in advance for the advice - always good reading!