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The Osprey Std:
The Osprey-Standard has enjoyed a cult-like following ever since her introduction at the Northwest Sea Kayak Symposium in 1996. Paddlers who enjoy strong tracking paired with a high hull speed and low wetted surface love her. Despite her relatively short length, her plumb stern and steep bow rake give her the same waterline length and hull speed as the much longer Arctic Tern 17. Her rounded hull gives her low wetted surface and low frictional drag. Her 15’8” length overall and 24” beam allows for plenty of carrying capacity for kayak touring.
Design Features: Tremendous positive feedback to the cambered deck of the Osprey Double encouraged John to create the Osprey-Standard. The deck's "beveled" panel takes 1 and 3/16" off the side of the kayak at the sheer seam (where the deck meets the hull). It looks great, but even better, it gets the deck away from your elbows and knuckles. Bring your paddle in closer to the kayak on your high angle power stroke. Keep your hands lower and more relaxed on your cruising stroke.
Great for Touring: Whether you intend to day paddle or tour for 2 weeks, the Osprey-Standard easily does the job. At 38 pounds, she will outstrip most other kayaks on day paddles. We hope you don't mind waiting for your friends in their heavier plastic and fiberglass boats. You will experience a similar advantage on longer tours. Saving 25-30% on boat weight makes a difference when carrying 100 pounds of gear, plus yourself. Our stitch and glue construction method using okoume panels, epoxy laminated between layers of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth, makes the Osprey as strong and rugged as fiberglass boats. Her beauty is incomparable. Enjoy her for a lifetime of adventures.
Choosing an Osprey: The Osprey-Standard is a 24" beam, medium-volume kayak, and fits average size adults. She provides comfortable foot room for a person with up to a men's size 12 shoe. Beginners and intermediate paddlers alike, choose her for her performance and graceful lines. She is one of our strongest tracking boats with medium stability. Use her on open saltwater coastline, bays, lakes, and meandering rivers. People find her stable and easy to paddle without having to raise their shoulders. Her lightweight makes her easy to cartop. If you like the idea of tracking combined with a good amount of carrying capacity but would prefer a narrower beam, see the Murrelet 4PD, version 1. If stability appeals to you, then be sure check out the Pinguino series.
Read what our customers have to say about the Osprey: Customer Feedback.