Posted by: duckhunter on Aug-30-13 10:27 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
Swift has 2 15 foot solos - the Osprey and Keewayden 15. The measurements for these canoes are similar but there must be a difference.
What are the differences between these 2 models and what are each be suited for?
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Posted by: TommyC1 on Aug-30-13 4:07 PM (EST)
I'm not familiar with the Keewaydin but my old Expedition Kevlar Osprey is IMO the best river tripper ever made.
Posted by: c2g on Aug-30-13 6:18 PM (EST)
Ditto what Tommy said on the Osprey. Great boat. No idea how it compares to the other 15' solo.
Only paddled the Kee once|
Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-30-13 6:45 PM (EST)
seems not to be as Swedeform as the Osprey .
Posted by: wetzool on Aug-30-13 7:11 PM (EST)
The boats are quite different and from two different designers. The Osprey is a John Winters design and the Keewaydin is a DY design. The Keewaydin is an updated and tweaked version of the Bell Merlin II.
Tweaked Merlin II in what ways?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Aug-30-13 10:48 PM (EST)
I'll be checking out a Merlin II tomorrow.
You'll have to ask|
Posted by: wetzool on Aug-30-13 11:12 PM (EST)
Charlie or Bill Swift or DY to get the true answer, but I believe they increased the tumblehome and possibly made some adjustments to the rocker.
Kee 15 and Osprey|
Posted by: CEWilson on Aug-31-13 5:08 PM (EST)
Swift's Kee 15 is the twelfth hull in David Yost's solo tripper series. The original concept was on of a fast, seaworthy tripping boat that tracked well. Over the years they've become slightly Swede form, tumblehomed and have grown differential rocker. W?L ratios have held around 6.5