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  Swift 15 footers
  Posted by: CEWilson on Oct-24-13 6:58 PM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Oct-24-13 6:59 PM EST --

Both should be included in anyone's top five tripping solos list. [Sit and Switch hulls excluded.] We'll just assume you want to kneel some with a straight and may wish to sit and switch with a bent some of the time too.

The Osprey is an inch wider at waterline, which should make it more stable but compromise tracking a little as that reduces Block co-efficient. Kee 15 is a little longer at waterline as it has less stem layout, effects tracking and forward speed positively.

The Osprey has more bow rocker, remembering that the two designers measure rocker differently, so is, maybe, the preferred hull in REAL class II.

Folks comparison paddling both almost always select the Kee 15, so there's where the market is going.

Fit may be the most important factor, I'm formerly 5'10". reduced with disk compression, so legs correspond to 5'10" I fit fine in the K15 but Osprey is too wide for me; I need to move a knee to cross heel the boat.


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