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Osprey Wooden Kayak

Osprey Std.


15'8" LENGTH * 24" BEAM * 12" DEPTH * 38 LBS.

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Kit Price: $1,099

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Osprey Std Review, in Sea Kayaker Magazine Dec. 1996

"This is a fine cruising, fishing, and general use boat for a larger and intermediate level paddler. Its comfort and sea handling characteristics are excellent. It is light, simple and does everything well." (DA)

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The Osprey Std:

The Osprey-Standard made her debut into the kayaking world at the Northwest Sea Kayak Symposium--North America's largest paddling event, held here in Port Townsend, Washington each year. At the September 1996 show, this kayak turned heads! The test paddlers at the 1000 person symposium raved over her looks, lightness, and great performance


Design Features: Tremendous positive feedback regarding the cambered decks Osprey Double and Triple encouraged John to create the Osprey-Standard. His design goal: to create a hull nearly identical to our GoldenEye's excellent speed, tracking and nice turns, with the pretty and practical 4-panel deck. 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 okoume panels, epoxy laminated between layers of 6 oz. glass cloth, makes the Standard 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, buy her for her performance and graceful lines. Use her on open saltwater coastline, bays, lakes, and meandering rivers. People as short as 5'1" find her stable, easy to paddle without having to raise their shoulders, and easy to cartop alone. Folks as tall as 6'4" choose her for her light weight and speed.


Read what our customers have to say about the Osprey: Customer Feedback.




Pygmy Osprey Wooden Kayak Kit


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Osprey Std. Specs:
Length…… 15' 8"
Beam……. 24”
Height…… 12”
Weight…... 38lbs
Cockpit….. 17”x33”
*Initial stability……8.90"
Carrying capacity (……12.20
**Standard cruising speed……19.18
Loaded waterline length……15.0'
***Top cruising speed……5.37 mph
Available as kit……yes
Available as plans……no

*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 Std. Features:
Hull type… Multi-chine
Deck type…Pygmy multi-chine cut away deck with patented rear cockpit recess
Best used for… Kayak touring, Expedition kayaking, Day paddling
Paddler experience level… Beginner to Advanced
Shoe size….Up to men’s 12 (depending on shoe and personal comfort)
Cockpit size…17”x33"


Inside your Pygmy kit:

  • Precision pre-cut BS-1088 Okoume plywood panels (all 4mm)
  • Cockpit coamings
  • 2.25 gallons epoxy*
  • 36 feet of 6 oz fiberglass cloth
  • Fiberglass tape
  • Wire
  • Squeegee
  • 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.


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