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  Solo Trippers
  Posted by: CEWilson on Oct-05-12 1:22 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Oct-10-12 9:36 AM EST --

DY has designed over ten variations on his solo tripper concept. The latest and largest is the Swift Keewaydin 15. Compared to the older Merlin II it is wider, has less pronounced shoulders and the differential bow rocker is increased and more localized.

Both it and it's stablemate the Winter's designed Osprey are a little large for me. The oppressive weight of the current presidential campaign has reduced my once 5'10" frame to 5'8.5". I need to move my offside knee to cross heel Osprey. Strange, but these are the best two of the larger solos; Shearwater is HUGE. It is not referred to as the USS Enterprise by Swift insiders for no cause. If one screwed four sheets of 3/4 in ply to the rails a light plane might be landed.

That said, you're much taller and probably need a wider boat. There aren't many to choose from, Bell's RockStar, Colden's WildFire, Hemlock's Eaglet, Merrimac's Baboosic, Sawyers, Autumn Mist, Swift's Kee 15, Osprey and Shearwater and Wenonah's Wilderness pretty much complete the array of hulls 30"+ wide by 14-15 feet long.

The WildFire and Baboosic have quite a bit of symmetrical rocker, and Baboosic has little center tumblehome. Autumn Mist and Wilderness have minimal rocker and Eaglet's is symmetrical, which brings you down to the RockStar, which hasn't been made in a few years and the two 15 foot Swifts.

Huntsville ONT is a long walk from Texas and fwe RockStars were made. Look at Swift's demo footage, try to access an event Raystown, a FreeStyle Symposium, PaddleFest in Old Forge NY, etc, where Swift will have hulls. RockStar is still irregularly available used.

Bon Chance!

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