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Osprey

John Winters writes "The Osprey was originally intended as my personal boat. It is what I perceive to be the ideal small solo canoe for Canadian wilderness travel. The designed displacement is adequate for a large paddler on a week long trip, or a smaller paddler for longer trips. Unlike most American solos, this boat is heavily rockered forward with slightly less aft. The combination provides good maneuverability in smaller streams and excellent tracking on open water."

Despite its relatively low freeboard, it is a dry boat (I have paddled the north shore of Lake Superior in it without taking on more than a few small dollops in the most severe conditions one would like to paddle in) and the sculpted tumblehome midships allows good stroke mechanics despite the boat's 30 inch maximum beam.

Overall Length: 14'10"
Waterline Length: 14'2-1/2"
Maximum Beam: 30"
Waterline Beam: 27-1/4"
Draft: 3.2"
Bow Rocker: 1.73"
Stern Rocker: .82"
Design Load: 283 lbs

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