Originally Posted by dubrus
not a fan of the rest of it i'm afraid. i guess it is not aimed at the practical boaters market. i.e lack of storage/seating and can't put an aux on the transom. i assume it is more of a drystack toy, which it will probably end up anyway i guess.
What a load of rubbish.
It is not often that I am moved to such extreme statements, but twaddle like this cannot go uncontested.
Osprey as a brand is probably one of the least "drystack toy" brands out there. It is a very deep V design giving a 'soft' ride to deal with real sea conditions. In the 6.5 metre category I tried most brands when going for Osprey and each had its compromises - no surprises there. The compromise with the Osprey hull - it has such a deep V and substantial build that it is not the fastest, so it does not win the numbers game.
But it is forgiving. I have yet to experience any semblance of hooking for instance, and believe me, I and others (well one ribnetter in particular I could name) have pushed my boat hard in 'power on' turns with tubes in the water, with no sign of bad behaviour.
I do not know what Chris is offering these days, it has been quite some time since we have been in touch, but when I bought mine it could be configured for whatever storage space or seating configuration you needed. Mine has removeable rear jockeys to give more deck space when I need it for example.
I must admit to some confusion though, why do you state that an auxiliary cannot be mounted? Have I missed something on this new boat, 'cos I know of other owners that have used an auxiliary on slightly older Ospreys.
For years Osprey was known as THE brand favoured by divers, the sort of people that sling weight belts and cylinders around the boat (bin there, seen that!). There was a reason why Osprey were so popular with these unforgiving users, and as far as I am concerned, that reputation is untarnished