DY Special and kevlar longevity
Posted by: perrahunter on Apr-10-13 10:39 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I found this while searching the archives for info on the DY Special:
(Snip) Posted by: old_user on Dec-01-07 9:52 PM (EST)
Several weeks ago I was hunting from my Sawyer DY special when I hit and went to retrieve a Canada goose. I reached to get hold of it by the wing but it wasn't dead and it gave me a real flogging. In the process the goose hit my light carbon paddle and threw it about 20 feet from the canoe.
I had no spare paddle and I was not able to hand paddle to my carbon paddle. I was about 100 yards from shore so I unloaded my 870 Remington pump shotgun and used it as an improvised paddle. It worked but I now carry a spare with me.(snip)
So after reading this post I don't know which I want more now, the 870 or the DY Special!!! But since I already have a Winchester 1200 I'll stick to boats. What do you all think about the DY Special? Do you agree with old user that it is a great all around fast solo canoe? I am asking because I've seen several listed for sale close to my budget of $500.
For the most part I'll be paddling the upper and lower Potomac River and some of the other rivers off the Chesapeake Bay. Just me and the dog, lunch and perhaps a fishing pole. Big open river with fast current, class 1 & 2 rapids, and maybe a 2 foot tide. There are a bunch of social kayak groups around here, and I like the idea of a fast solo canoe so I can paddle at their pace and distance without wearing myself out.
Also, I read in a Cliff Jacobson book that kevlar hulls only have about a 27 year average life span? Is this so? If true, these DY Specials are just about done. I was on a litter pick up/log jam clearing paddle one time, and there was a guy who had bought a second hand cheap kayak. His boat began to break up slowly during the day. He literally swam the last couple hundred yards. We left the remains of his boat on the trash pile for the parks service to pick up!
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The thing I like about Cliff is that |
Posted by: g2d on Apr-11-13 12:54 AM (EST)
when he's right, you can see why he's right. And when he's wrong, it's so obvious he doesn't know what he is talking about that one can dismiss what he says.
Life of kevlar and DY special comments|
Posted by: duckhunter on Apr-11-13 7:16 AM (EST)
I have 2 DY specials - one Goldenglass and one light weight Kevlar. The Kevlar DY was made in 1983 and it is perfect. My glass DY is in my son's garage but it was made about the same year. I also have a Sawyer Cruiser Kevlar that was made in 1979. All 3 boats are in excellent structural shape. I don't abuse them and they are stored inside. However, I really do paddle them a lot. I don't know the useful length of Kevlar but mine are still almost like new.
I would like to see the data set|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-11-13 8:57 AM (EST)
behind that 27 year old benchmark. If Cliff was talking about boats in the early 90's his data would be from 70's boats..where layups may have been more inexact.. thinking of the CJ Cruiser among others.
He thinks RX Wildfire & Yellowstone Solo|
Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-11-13 9:53 AM (EST)
are the same, not composite Wildfire & Yellowstone Solo.
Hunting from a Canoe|
Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-11-13 9:09 AM (EST)
For duck hunting from a canoe I prefer a ~wide kneeling boat; torso rotation is from the knees so it's easier to swing the shotgun. A little more rocker helps maneuver when ensconcing body and boat in weeds/reeds.
dy is special|
Posted by: jjmish on Apr-11-13 11:41 AM (EST)
An 84 levlar DY weighs about 39 lbs. Great shape not deterioration in the kevlar
Posted by: OldBill on Apr-11-13 12:42 PM (EST)
I have an 82 in glass. I too put in a Wenonah slider. It is my go to boat for workout paddles, even more the the J200, day trips, and solo camping. Of course I am itching to try out a Savage Blackwater.
Thanks for the feedback. |
Posted by: perrahunter on Apr-12-13 7:08 PM (EST)
I appreciate all the good comments. Now if I could just get a few full weeks of work--this sequester is really hurting--I would pursue one of these boats.