Light: Weighing only 60 pounds, the Osprey Double is a pleasure for two people to paddle, and easy to load on and off a car. Many plastic and fiberglass tandems weigh at least 95 lbs. The Osprey Double is 37% lighter! Over the miles and years, a lighter hull really saves wear on your back and tendons. You're able to get places faster, with less stress. Test paddlers comment on how readily the Osprey Double comes up to speed relative to the fiberglass and folding doubles they've paddled.
Rugged: Twenty-four yards of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth encapsulates the hull inside and out. Three layers of cloth provide high tensile strength on the inside center section of the hull, where the paddlers' weight rides. On the outside keel, an extra layer of fiberglass tape, over the cloth, allows you to drag her up beaches no problem. The stitch and glue construction gives the protection of glass with the beauty of wood.
Comfortable: The multi-chine hull consists of 8 panels, similar to our popular Osprey Std and Coho. This makes for a fast double with relatively low wetted surface. The cambered deck enables paddlers to use a comfortable, low paddling angle. On a 30" beam boat, this bevel helps out short paddlers even more. They can paddle with their shoulders more dropped and relaxed than in most other doubles. Plus, the angled deck gives you deluxe foot room and good storage capacity.
Stable: The Osprey Double is stable. A well-balanced adult can stand and dive from the cockpit! The Osprey Double portrays excellent primary and secondary stability. Even in heavy seas, her 30" beam holds you steady. Want to go swimming in hot weather? Going down the only remaining wild section of the Missouri in Eastern Montana, John Lockwood and daughter Freya experienced 115 (F) degree temperatures, daily. They took turns jumping out of the Double to cool down. Wet re-entries were a cinch.
Beautiful: The Osprey Double is light, elegant and eminently seaworthy. Her glass-wood-glass sandwich construction is lighter and stiffer than fiberglass without compromising strength or durability. Build her in 80-100 hours. If you are considering a tandem, be sure to check out the versatility of the Osprey Triple.
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The build was straight forward using the excellent instructions and only required one or two calls to Pygmy Boats with a couple of questions. I received prompt, accurate information from them.
The Osprey handles extremely well in all conditions and due to it's 60 lb. weight, is easy to car top. Highly recommended.
The Pygmy is a flat out beautiful boat-most outings garner people coming up, running their hands along its flanks (very equestrian-like), and admiring its mahogany beauty. It's quite comfortable - mounted two Perception one piece seats, and retained the stock back bands. I also mounted a Smart Track tandem rudder, and it has no difficulty turning this craft. the cockpits are very spacious; I'd like to see another bulkhead between the Captain and Stoker cockpits, but that would add to its very reasonable 60 lb. weight.
The Osprey tracks extremely well, and although beamy, carries a decent turn of speed. Both my surfskis and the Tango would blow it in the weeds if racing's your game, but for pleasure outings, it's a great boat to paddle. It handles beam waves exceedingly well-surfed it on 4 footers off the coast of Maine and regularly take it out on Long Island Sound in CT, hunting out big pleasure boat wakes. The bow could use a bit more volume-it tends to knife through a oncoming swell rather than riding up and over. Most is shed by the deck, but in bigger conditions, it can be a wet ride.
This boat handles extremely well. There's just enough distance between cockpits to avoid the occasional paddle clash if your partner paddles out of sync. the hatches are huge, with a somewhat cobbled looking closure system, but it seems to work, albeit looking like it was designed in a middle school shop class-smile. Maybe it just adds to the homebuilt feel of this boat.
That said, I love this Osprey double. When people ask me if I built it I reluctantly have to say no, and weakly add that I did the rudder and outfitting. I wish I could claim that I did the build; it's that handsome. It's our boat of choice for vacations as well. Buy one. Build one.