Definitions please:

K-1 One person kayak?

C-1 Solo canoe?

C-2 Tandem canoe?

C-2 comp cruiser ?

K-1 One person kayak? yes

C-1 Solo canoe? yes

C-2 Tandem canoe? yes

C-2 comp cruiser ? not sure what you mean.

K-2 Tandem kayak and a mountain in the Karakoram segment of the Himalayan range

K-3 Triplets

K-4 Quad kayak

OC-1 Solo Outrigger Canoe

OC-2 Tandem Outrigger Canoe

OC-4 Quad

OC-6 BIG OC boat


might refer to racing
K-1 is often used to refer to a sprint racing kayak, but not necessarily – could be any one-person kayak.

C-1 similarly, but it also has the connotation of a decked canoe. Then OC-1 would be an open (undecked), one-person canoe (except that OC-1 can also refer to an outrigger canoe for one person – sigh).

Comp cruiser is probably “competition cruiser.” I don’t know the official definition (it probably varies according to the event), but I think some races have this as a category, to differentiate all-purpose canoes from canoes that are more specialized (but not as specialized as dedicated race boats).

– Mark


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OC-2 as in Open Canoe (a wierd one)Note 2 saddles
C-1 (Hi Gabe, ya' out there?)
some C-1's are converted WW yaks
swapping seat for a saddle and thigh straps, and a single blade :-).
OC-1 as in Open Canoe ( that's me)

C-2 Comp cruiser
is a racing tandem canoe.

It is 18’-6".

It is usually made of ultralight kevlar, or carbon kevlar, and usually weighs 29 pounds or less.

It has the wing, (bulge) in the middle, which enables it to meet certain specs.

C-2 tandem stock boats are 18 feet or less.

You got the K-1 and C-1 correct.

Come over to Lake Hartwell this coming Saturday, and you and I can paddle our C-2 Comp Cruiser.



The designations ‘C’ and 'K’
originally came from racing,

but found their way into recreational use, where

C-1 stands for a solo Canoe, K-1 for a single Kayak,

C-2 for a tandem Canoe and K-2 for a double Kayak.

Higher numbers are used when there are more persons

supposed to propel the vessel.

The designation ‘OC’ for Open Canoe is only used when differentiation is

required. Where only open canoes are used, like in Olympic flatwater

canoe racing, plain ‘C’ suffices. But where open and decked canoes are used,

like in whitewater, the terms ‘OC’ and ‘C’ are used respectively.



OC1 with Pumpkinhead (optional)

Very different from the Marathon and Outrigger boats of the same designation.

On a mixed use board like P-Net I like to be clear by using WWC1 vs Marathon C1.

It can get confusing.

Thanks for posting this, String
I get confused by all the damn definitions too,

but didn’t wanna come off like some greenhorn

for asking!

You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din.

so in other words everyone uses these terms somewhat differently and interchangeably.

seems like
the “O” can be “outrigger” or “open.” No outriggers where I paddle, probably no open where the outriggers paddle.

C and OC
A long long time ago canoe competitions recognized OC-1, OC-2, C-1, and C-2 to differentiate between Open Canoe competitors and Decked Canoe competitors. Now that outriggers are holding comps I suggested a while back in this forum that maybe to avoid confusion they should come up with a designation different than OC. I think ORC-1 or 2 wold be effective. Most recreational paddlers wonder what the big deal is but I think it is important to competitors.

What Bell model is an ORC-2?