I'm here mostly cuz I'm bumping around kayak reviews in general, with the bad itch to build another Pygmy. I completed my triple 3 years ago. It took me way longer than the Pygmy suggested 100 hours or so to build. But, it is totally a gorgeous dream boat. It's embarrassing, all the adulation it gets. I can tell others are gawking even from their cars on the freeway.
It's wonderful that it is so light -- super easy to put on the car compared to our old canoe. It's great to be in the same boat as my wife, so if I feel like paddling more than she does, we don't get separated; we stay on the same trip! And, no concern at all for paddle clacking. Great to dump gear (or a 3rd person) in the middle cockpit. I have a rudder and consider that a must for such a long boat, and no downsides.
I have fair experience with glass/wood and mine came out right on 64lbs all up with seats and rudder. Squeegee all that excess epoxy out! (an old credit card works very well) I will soon carve out time to make either a Tern 14 to play in the waves, or the soon to be released Murrelet speed skate. Tough decision!My wife and I have had for nearly a year in the San Francisco Bay, although she insists we avoid big swells (her problem, not the boat) I can tell this is the most stable kayak I've ever been in. It's fast and tracks beautifully, and gets wonderful comments EVERY time we take it out.
I've camped with it once and we took way more stuff than I thought could ever fit in a kayak. It's great having the triple even if you never put people in the middle. I got a neoprene cockpit cover for the middle, the nylon got drips that weighed it down and started a puddle.
Not sure what another reviewer meant by "fits 3 adults". I'm 6'3" and there is no way anyone is sitting in the middle seat if I'm in the rear. I'd say it's two moderate sized adults and a small adult/kid in the middle if you're doing 3 people.
As a wood boat, it does need more protection from the elements than fiberglass.The Osprey Tripple is a great boat for it's size. It is great for trips for one or two people. I usually paddle the boat with our Yellow Lab and gear for a weekend. I have no problem paddling the boat solo and keeping up with the solo kayaks I paddle with. It doesnt like a tail wind but with the rudder it will track like it is on rails.
It is a strong boat and it was fun to build. I chose this boat over the double so I could solo paddle it if I needed. It has a little rocker to it so from the center cockpit the boat turns really well for a 20' boat. With two paddlers in the boat is is really a fast boat.