Weighing only 60 pounds, the Osprey Double is a pleasure for two people to paddle, and EASY to load on and off a car. Most plastic and fiberglass tandems weigh about 95 lbs. The Osprey Double scales in 37% lighter! Over the miles and years, a lighter hull really saves wear on your back and tendons. You're able to get places faster, with less stress. Test paddlers comment on how readily the Osprey Double comes up to speed relative to the fiberglass and folding doubles they've paddled.
And she's rugged. Eighteen yards of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth encapsulates the hull inside and out. Three layers of cloth provide high tensile strength on the inside center section of the hull, where the paddlers' weight rides. On the outside keel, an extra layer of fiberglass tape, over the cloth, allows you to drag her up beaches--no problem. You get the abrasion protection of glass and the beauty of golden mahogany shining through.
Multi-Chine Hull and Deck
The multi-chine hull consists of 8 panels, similar to our popular Osprey Std and Coho lines of singles. This makes for a fast double with relatively low wetted surface. John also multi-chined the deck. The camber enables paddlers to use a comfortable, low paddling angle. On a 30" beam boat, this bevel helps out short adults even more. They can paddle with their shoulders more dropped and relaxed than in most other doubles. Plus, the angled deck gives you deluxe foot room and good storage capacity.
The Osprey Double is stable. A well-balanced adult can stand and dive from the cockpit! Sitting in the kayak, the Osprey Double portrays excellent primary and secondary stability. Even in heavy seas, her 30" beam holds you steady. Want to go swimming in hot weather? Going down the only remaining wild section of the Missouri in Eastern Montana, John Lockwood and daughter Freya experienced 115 (F) degree temperatures, daily. They took turns jumping out of the Double to cool down. Wet reentries were a cinch. Even adults can crawl back in the cockpit from the water without the assistance of a paddle float.
The Osprey Double is light, elegantly shaped and eminently seaworthy. Plus, the glass-wood-glass sandwich construction is lighter, stronger, and stiffer than fiberglass or plastic. Build her in 70 to 90 hours. You might also want to consider the option of contructing the versatile Osprey Triple.
Osprey Double Specs:
Weight..… 60 lbs.
Carrying capacity (vol.cu.ft)……24.37
**Standard cruising speed……28.47
Loaded waterline length……18.70'
***Top cruising speed……6.00 mph
Available as kit……yes
Available as plans…… Yes
*The transverse Metacenter, in inches, is a measure of a kayak's initial stability. A higher number is more stable. All single kayaks computed with same weight person.
**Kayak cruising speed is proportional to the boat's wetted surface, which is the area of frictional drag of the water on the hull, here expressed in sq. ft.
***90% of theoretical hull speed (THS) in mph. A boat's theoretical hull speed is a function of square root of its loaded waterline length (LWL). at approximately 80% to 90% of its hull speed a kayak will start to produce a bow wake longer than its LWL and the effort required to continue acceleration rapidly increases
Osprey Double Features:
Hull type… Multi-chine
Deck type…Pygmy multi-chine deck
Best used for… Kayak touring, Expedition kayaking, Day paddling, Families
Paddler experience level… Beginner to Advanced
Shoe size….Up to men’s 15 (depending on shoe and personal comfort)
Inside your Pygmy kit:
- Precision pre-cut BS-1088 Okoume plywood panels (all 4mm)
- Cockpit coamings
- 72 feet of 6 oz fiberglass cloth
- 3 gallons epoxy*
- Fiberglass tape
- Dental syringes
- Vinyl gloves
- Wood flour
- Calibrated pumps
- Stirring sticks
- Steel push pins
- Temporary frames
- 2-part seat
- Keeper's® footbraces
- Illustrated construction manual
* We usually ship "Medium" hardener with our kits (good for temperatures ranging from 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit). You may order "Slow" for hot climates (75-95 degrees Fahrenheit) or "Fast" for cold climates (35-55 degrees Fahrenheit) upon request. Read the System Three Epoxy Book to help select the appropriate epoxy and hardener for you. If you would like a copy of the Epoxy Book, click here to download. We also stock System Three’s Silver Tip Epoxy and offer this as an option in our boat kits for an additional charge. For Silvertip epoxy the slow hardener is good for temperatures warmer than 65 and the fast is best for temperatures cooler than 65. Note: Silver Tip Resin can only ship via Ground Service and is not eligible for shipments to Alaska.