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PostPosted: April 6th, 2021, 9:07 am 
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Has anyone paddled both a Keewaydin 15 solo and an Osprey?

I've been dreaming of an Osprey for years but wondering how much different a Keewaydin is since they are the 'current' model.

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PostPosted: April 6th, 2021, 11:45 am 
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Follow up question - any idea what Kevlar layup this serial # would be?

U SWI-C-6829-0906

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PostPosted: April 9th, 2021, 3:21 pm 
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Hi Splake, I rejoined the forum since I have both an Osprey and Keewaydin 15 and saw your post. I love 15 foot solos and also have a Bell Merlin II...an ancestor of the Kee15.

I think the Osprey and Kee15 have quite different personalities for canoes with such similar specs. Even though the Osprey has less rocker based on the specs (1.5/1 vs 2/1 on the Kee15) it is significantly more maneuverable than the Kee. The Osprey is playful. It accelerates from rest like a freestyle boat and is great fun to just spin in circles on a pond. Great creek boat or river boat. It cruises nicely on lakes with very low effort...but at a slightly lower speed than the Kee15. It is much more affected by wind than the Kee and in strong tailwinds the stern tries to come around. It's a lower volume boat than the Kee with a 260 pound upper limit on its efficient range vs the Kee's 320. It can handle 275 pretty easily. The Kee is more sensible. It cruises very nicely and is not pushed around by wind. The Kee has a bunch more stability...so better suited for sitting and when I high kneel with one knee up it can handle tougher conditions than the Osprey before I need to kneel. The Kee still turns nicely and works just fine on my local rivers but on a quiet pond the Osprey is more fun. I'd have to say the Kee is more versatile.

I like them both a lot. To me the differences seem pretty big but other people might think differently. Please let me know if you have any questions that I might be able to answer.


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2021, 7:59 am 
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Thanks JustPaddlin

I think I'm still looking for the Osprey, they just don't come up for sale that often.

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If you ask Swift nicely I am sure they will build you 1

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Rob H wrote:
If you ask Swift nicely I am sure they will build you 1

for a $$$$.. Extra cost to dig out old molds and check they are still usable!


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PostPosted: April 15th, 2021, 3:41 pm 
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I read somewhere that the Osprey mold isn't usable any more. But it can't hurt to ask.


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PostPosted: April 19th, 2021, 10:29 am 
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I haven't checked this year, but I think they were still taking orders for Osprey's last year.

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