The River Hawk OC-1 is a 23 foot Solo Outrigger Canoe that was designed and built for flatwater racing. It's efficiency is unrivaled for long distance, comparable in speed to an elite surfski.
Fast boats are usually tippy! Not the River Hawk OC-1. The ama (outrigger) provides extreme stability (you can stand up in it!) even with a hull that is only 13" wide at the waterline.
With a seat lower than a canoe, but higher than a kayak, you can easily use a single or double blade paddle with a River Hawk OC-1.
Every River Hawk OC-1 comes with a full carbon kick-up rudder, and full carbon assembly. Integrated Dyneema cables. Standard color is grey.
Designed for flatwater racing, the ama provides stability while barely skimming the water. It is adjustable in height from the water and length from the hull.
The single `Iako is made from 6061 extruded aluminum. It is in fact an airplane strut. This near-to-the-water, single `iako is superior in wind, and is behind your paddle stroke.
Every River Hawk OC-1 has a hatch behind the seat that can fit a half gallon jug, and with 5" of space under the seat, there is additional room for bladders, dry bags, and bike bottles,
River Hawk OC-1s are made to the highest build quality. Each boat is crafted with a carbon outer, a Kevlar inner, and a foam core under the cockpit. These boats are extremely strong, yet weigh the same as a light surfski. River Hawks weigh around 29lbs, while the ama and `iako weigh around 7lbs.
Amas and the bottom hull come standard in a black carbon finish which showcases the beauty of the fabric and weave. A painted top deck is also standard. There are many options of paint, weaves, and fabrics (see pricing below).
6 of the last 8 years, the River Hawk OC-1 was the winning boat in the men's solo class.
(2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023). *2019 there was no solo winner
For the last 2 years a RHBS boat has won the MR340 overall:
River Hawk OC-1 in 2022
River Hawk Quattro prototype in 2023
The River Hawk OC-1 own the two fastest times ever for a solo in the MR340 set in 2015 (36hr43mn) and 2018 (36hr39mn).
We built two prototypes in 2023: a River Hawk Tandem & a River Hawk Quattro. A-dog and his son won the men's tandem and got 5th overall in the Freedom Race 100, while Joe Mann and the Quattro team won 1st overall in the MR340.
While these are not for sale yet, we will offer Tandem, Triple, and Quattro models soon!
We produce around 8 boats per year, building through the fall and winter. A deposit of 50% is required to secure your place in the queue, with the other half due upon delivery.
Decide on your carbon, design, and paint color! Reach out to us and we can help guide you in the process. Dogs always like to help!
We update you with every step as your boat gets closer to being done! When it is ready, it's time to paddle!
Your choice of 1 solid paint color on top of the carbon hull, all with UV protection clearcoat.
Your choice of 2 paint colors on top of a carbon hull, all with UV protection clearcoat. You can decide on the pattern and style of the two colors. Examples could be the hull one color with the cockpit and tips another, the front half one color that transitions to another color in the back, or maybe some racing stripes!
Upgrade to this option and you can have carbon accents on the top of the hull between the cockpit and the tips. Your choice of 1 color for the cockpit and tops, all with UV protection clearcoat.
Hypetex is a brand of structured carbon that was originally designed for Formula 1. River Hawks are proud to say that we are the ONLY canoe or kayak manufacturer that uses Hypetex in the United States.
Ask us about specialty layups as well. Want a 3rd color? Want Hypetex on the hull or ama as well? Want a different weave of carbon? We can do it all! Reach out for custom pricing.
Every River Hawk comes standard with a flat bucket seat ready for you to customize. Options include a high volume seat area, custom seats pads, and padded foot rest/pedals.
We also do repair and modifications for most canoes and kayaks.
Whether it is a small scratch, or large damage, we can fix it. We can also add hatches, rudders, or amas to existing boats.
Call or email for pricing.
River Hawk Boat Shop sponsors regional race organization, Midwest Paddle Racing.
Visit the MPR site to find out about some of the best races in the area and to buy cool merch like hoodies, hats, and t-shirts!
The best rack for a River Hawk. Llama racks are simple, safe, and secure. These lockable racks come in many configurations to fit any car, and will accommodate both the River Hawk OC-1 Hull and the Ama. You have the best boat out there...it deserves the best rack - a Llama Rack!
The idea was born in 2011. Yancy Scroggins, Ryan Slebos, Wally Werderich, Matt Draeslar and Joe Mann went in together on an outrigger mold with the idea of creating the fastest, most stable flatwater racing boat: the first River Hawk OC-1 was built in 2013.
Yancy and Slebos continued on, perfecting the design, eventually creating a new outrigger. With a 2015 record-setting win in the MR340 solo class, Slebos set the bar with the River Hawk and showed the world what it could do.
Joe Mann and Adam Burns, aka Uncle A-Dog, (both pictured left with their original River Hawks), bought the business in 2021...
proud to continue an amazing legacy.
All boats are hand built in the USA
at the River Hawk Boat Shop in Lees Summit Missouri.