Pygmy Osprey Double / Triple

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. 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 constructing the versatile Osprey Triple. | John Lockwood took the hull of our Osprey Double and fashioned a 3 cockpit deck. We call her the OSPREY TRIPLE. She’s quick and easy to handle at a mere 62 pounds! Plastic and fiberglass doubles weigh 95-110 pounds. Each cockpit measures 17″ x 33″, for comfortable paddling and easy entries and exits. The chief advantage of the Osprey Triple lies in her versatility. Two people can paddle her, or if one paddler wants to go out by themselves–to fish, watch wildlife, or just have some solo time–simply paddle the boat as a single from the middle. This enables you to center your weight in the boat for a balanced paddle, with the hull in good trim. Her 20′ length, and 30″ inch beam give the Triple excellent stability for carrying a load of even three adults, paddling in synch. When two people paddle from the fore and aft positions, their blades do not touch or clack, even when out of synch. She’s great for families. A child, or even two small children can sit in the center cockpit while two adults paddle the boat from the fore and aft positions. Some people have pets they like to take on the water, but can’t quite all fit in the usual double or single. A large dog can be a comfortable paddling companion when he/she has room to stretch out in the spacious middle cockpit (see video on our website: | A Touch of History: Historically, the Arctic peoples used single kayaks for hunting sea mammals. Women (usually) paddled large, beamy, open boats called “umiaks” to transport families and goods, and to go fishing. The triple kayak arrived on the scene relatively late in Arctic history. Russia claimed Alaska as their territory in the 1700’s and established fur trading sites along the coastal areas where sea otter flourished. The Russians essentially enslaved the Aleuts in their fur gathering system. They had Aleuts construct 3 cockpit kayaks for the express purpose of transporting a non-paddling Russian between the two expert Native paddlers. These beamy hulls also had a fair amount of room for carrying furs. Now days, triples carry camping gear and fulfill multiple paddling needs.

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60 & 62lbs


Wood Composite

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2 Layups: $1,459 – $1,569