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Osprey Wooden Kayak

Osprey Std.


15'8" LENGTH | 24" BEAM | 12" DEPTH | 38 LBS.

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Kit Price: $1169


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Osprey Std Review, Sea Kayaker Magazine

"This is a fine cruising, fishing, and general use boat for a larger and intermediate level paddler. Its comfort and sea handling characteristics are excellent. It is light, simple and does everything well." (DA)

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The Osprey Std:

The Osprey-Standard has enjoyed a cult-like following ever since her introduction at the Northwest Sea Kayak Symposium in 1996. Paddlers who enjoy strong tracking paired with a high hull speed and low wetted surface love her. Despite her relatively short length, her plumb stern and steep bow rake give her the same waterline length and hull speed as the much longer Arctic Tern 17. Her rounded hull gives her low wetted surface and low frictional drag. Her 15’8” length overall and 24” beam allows for plenty of carrying capacity for kayak touring.


Design Features: Tremendous positive feedback to the cambered deck of the Osprey Double encouraged John to create the Osprey-Standard. The deck's "beveled" panel takes 1 and 3/16" off the side of the kayak at the sheer seam (where the deck meets the hull). It looks great, but even better, it gets the deck away from your elbows and knuckles. Bring your paddle in closer to the kayak on your high angle power stroke. Keep your hands lower and more relaxed on your cruising stroke.


Great for Touring: Whether you intend to day paddle or tour for 2 weeks, the Osprey-Standard easily does the job. At 38 pounds, she will outstrip most other kayaks on day paddles. We hope you don't mind waiting for your friends in their heavier plastic and fiberglass boats. You will experience a similar advantage on longer tours. Saving 25-30% on boat weight makes a difference when carrying 100 pounds of gear, plus yourself. Our stitch and glue construction method using okoume panels, epoxy laminated between layers of 6 oz. fiberglass cloth, makes the Osprey as strong and rugged as fiberglass boats. Her beauty is incomparable. Enjoy her for a lifetime of adventures.


Choosing an Osprey: The Osprey-Standard is a 24" beam, medium-volume kayak, and fits average size adults. She provides comfortable foot room for a person with up to a men's size 12 shoe. Beginners and intermediate paddlers alike, choose her for her performance and graceful lines. She is one of our strongest tracking boats with medium stability.  Use her on open saltwater coastline, bays, lakes, and meandering rivers. People find her stable and easy to paddle without having to raise their shoulders. Her lightweight makes her easy to cartop. If you like the idea of tracking combined with a good amount of carrying capacity but would prefer a narrower beam, see the Murrelet 4PD, version 1. If stability appeals to you, then be sure check out the Pinguino series.


Read what our customers have to say about the Osprey: Customer Feedback.




Pygmy Osprey Wooden Kayak Kit


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Osprey Std. Specs:
Length…… 15' 8"
Beam……. 24”
Height…… 12”
Weight…... 38lbs
Cockpit….. 17”x33”
*Initial stability……10.90
Carrying capacity (……13.10
**Standard cruising speed……18.70
Loaded waterline length……15.0'
***Top cruising speed……5.37 mph
Available as kit……yes
Available as plans……no

*The transverse Metacenter, in inches, is a measure of a kayak's initial stability. A higher number is more stable. All single kayaks computed with same weight person.
Kayak cruising speed is proportional to the boat's wetted surface, which is the area of frictional drag of the water on the hull, here expressed in sq. ft.
***90% of theoretical hull speed (THS) in mph. A boat's theoretical hull speed is a function of square root of its loaded waterline length (LWL). at approximately 80% to 90% of its hull speed a kayak will start to produce a bow wake longer than its LWL and the effort required to continue acceleration rapidly increases




Osprey Std. Features:
Hull type… Multi-chine
Deck type…Pygmy multi-chine cut away deck with patented rear cockpit recess
Best used for… Kayak touring, Expedition kayaking, Day paddling
Paddler experience level… Beginner to Advanced
Shoe size….Up to men’s 12 (depending on shoe and personal comfort)
Cockpit size…17”x33"


Inside your Pygmy kit:

  • Precision pre-cut BS-1088 Okoume plywood panels (all 4mm)
  • Cockpit coamings
  • 2.25 gallons epoxy*
  • 36 feet of 6 oz fiberglass cloth
  • Fiberglass tape
  • Wire
  • Squeegee
  • Dental syringes
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Wood flour
  • Calibrated Pumps
  • Stirring sticks
  • Steel push pins
  • Temporary frames
  • 2-part seat
  • Keeper's® footbraces
  • Illustrated construction manual



* We usually ship "Medium" hardener with our kits (good for temperatures ranging from 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit).  You may order "Slow" for hot climates (75-95 degrees Fahrenheit) or "Fast" for cold climates (35-55 degrees Fahrenheit) upon request. Read the System Three Epoxy Book to help select the appropriate epoxy and hardener for you. If you would like a copy of the Epoxy Book, click here to download. We also stock System Three’s Silver Tip Epoxy and offer this as an option in our boat kits for an additional charge.  For Silvertip epoxy the slow hardener is good for temperatures warmer than 65 and the fast is best for temperatures cooler than 65. Note: Silver Tip Resin can only ship via Ground Service and is not eligible for shipments to Alaska.


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