OrcaReview by John Astbury
Model: Hody-Sport Orca 2003
Size: Middleweight (70-85 kilo)
Construction: Carbon-Kevlar Sandwich Vacuum
John Astbury - BCU
June Regatta- Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham
The orca was designed by Hody-Sport for knut Holmann to be used at the Sydney Olympics, He won both th 500 and 1000 K1
The construction was very rigid, no visible flaws in the hull, and all seams taped with carbon to produce a very strong boat. The colour was also exactly reproduced from the colour card i cupplied to them. the only difficulty i had with the boat was setting up the pull bar which is very fiddly and akward, the apparatus on this tends to repeatedly come lose between races which can be time consuming and frustrating to tighten. the boat is fitted with a bulkhead which acts as a bouyancy tank in the rear and also adds to the rigidity
A nice addition to the boat was a fitted boat bad with was included in the reasonable price that i payed for this boat.
The boat that I purchesed was the first of the 2003 designs to be imported into the UK. I was suprised to see a totally different top deck design to that on the previous models, with the top deck of the 2003 looking very similar to a scorpian.
The hull of the boat is that of a lettman vegas, it has litte rocker and tracks very well in the water. When paddled the orca is very stable, a vast improvement on the wings designs (pre sydney) it allows the paddler a solid and stable base to work from, thus being able to transmit all power though the blade, the boat is slow to accelerate due to the hull profile, (this may be phycological) however one the hull is at speed, it holds a very steady course and feels very fast. there appears to be little yawing affect on the boat.