Which Swift solo canoe?
Posted by: duckhunter on Oct-24-13 5:52 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Swift currently markets two solo canoes - the Osprey and Keewayden 15. I have studied the measurements of both and they are similar. Thus I still have 4 questions about them:
- which canoe is the most efficient to paddle?
- which canoe is the most stable for studying
- which canoe tracks best on flat water?
- which canoe handles best on moving water up thru
class 2 rapids?
Comments from anyone with experience with both these models would be appreciated.
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Posted by: CEWilson on Oct-24-13 6:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: jswr450 on Oct-24-13 8:10 PM (EST)
I was wondering the same thing after looking at the specs and reviews on those two boats. I want both :)
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Posted by: TommyC1 on Oct-24-13 7:39 PM (EST)
I paddle my Osprey a lot. Never been in a Kee but from what I'm hearing I'd jump at the chance. Never been in a good Merlin II either, just that Kev Krystal job that doesn't hold it's shape.
Posted by: deuce on Oct-25-13 9:59 AM (EST)
You guys are making me want an Osprey. Must.........Stop...........Reading.
Posted by: chad19part2 on Oct-28-13 6:18 PM (EST)
Have you seen Kev-Light flexing under load or oil canning? I've paddled a "good" Merlin II 20 or so times. Didn't really impress me, but I paddle slow rivers, coastal bays and the Gulf of Mexico. I love my Magic, which is Kev-Light, customized and stiff as marathon canoe. TommyC1, do you kneel in your Magic? If so, what's the setup like?
What kind of flex do you mean?|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-30-13 10:58 PM (EST)
Posted by: JustPaddle on Oct-25-13 10:23 AM (EST)
I recently bought a Keewaydin 15 in kevlar with the carbon/kevlar trim. I've got to say, I absolutely love this boat and it's a dream at 30 lbs. I have only paddled single stick, but the kayak paddle is definitely going to get a go.
Doesn't Charlie work for Swift?|
Posted by: bilnik on Oct-30-13 10:47 AM (EST)
Check out Placid Boatworks boats if you have not already.
I think he does and Placid too|
Posted by: jswr450 on Oct-30-13 11:25 PM (EST)
if only in his past, but I would certainly take his advise. He wouldn't have the reputation he does if he steered people wrong. I've read tons of his replies, and he always bases his recommendations on a more information than most people would ever know...
Posted by: ravenwolf on Nov-02-13 3:50 PM (EST)
Good thread, wanted to get mr, Charlies as well as all the other great, canoe folks thoughts. Is the shearwater a dying breed, I am next year on a swift canoe. I have come to the fork in the road and see myself as a laker, Canada, Minn. etc. 6ft 2in. 220lbs broken leg, old injury. Kneeling is not going to happen. I want to enjoy canoing, by myself, on local lakes etc. The Shearwater has a near zero following, SO if I am SWIFT it looks like its the keewaydn or shearwater??