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Silverflames 11-21-2016 09:36 PM

Osagian aluminum kayak
 
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Hello all,

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger, and buy two osagian aluminum kayaks. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with their kayaks or canoes. I wanted to polish them to match our airstream. Any feedback would be great.

thanks!

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https://www.osagian.com/index.php?ro...&product_id=73

SteveSueMac 11-21-2016 10:35 PM

Wow! That looks awesome and seems competitively priced to plastic. Would look awesome with an AS! Enjoy!!

Silverflames 11-22-2016 10:18 AM

Osagian aluminum kayak
 
I just got off the phone with Chris. Super nice sales guy, ordered 2 12' kayaks. They come with a lifetime manufactory warranty. With shipping to Fl and 2 paddles $1650.

Can't wait to get them in the water.

Does anyone have experience polishing aluminum canoes? It's a different grade of Aluminum from AS skins, but I would guess the process for polishing would be very similar.

rlhendren 11-22-2016 10:56 AM

Silverflames, I would be interested to hear about how you transport them. Will they fit in traditional rooftop kayak racks? i.e. can you haul two of them on top of your vehicle?

Silverflames 11-22-2016 11:19 AM

Osagian aluminum kayak
 
Here are the dimensions, the shape and size are very similar to a plastic kayak, so my guess it you could load them on their sides in kayak racks. Kris did mention that the seat is a bit higher that the edge of the side, so you can't lay it completely flat on top of a car. It would have to some clearance.

My guess is something like this should work.

https://www.rackwarehouse.com/images/...kayak-rack.jpg

I'm planning on loading them in the bed of the truck for local trips. When towing the AS I will put them on a ladder rack.

Hittenstiehl 11-22-2016 11:26 AM

Beautiful, that's an activity (kayaking) we've only done once and look forward to again.

Silverflames 11-22-2016 11:47 AM

Here is the response I got back from Kris. Very Timely response!

Keith,

They should easily fit in a rack like that. They won't "nest" together quite as snug as the two in the picture but it appears that the straps are adjustable.

rlhendren 11-22-2016 12:21 PM

Thanks! They look beautiful, and now they're on my Christmas list!

Ryan

Hittenstiehl 11-22-2016 12:26 PM

Looked quickly but these kayaks get very good reviews from users.

These forums have opened my eyes to many good products and these kayaks may eventually be on our Christmas lists also.

Have to try it a couple more times to make sure we "Get It", (kayaking) and get ourselves closer to retirement.

Silverflames 11-22-2016 12:55 PM

Osagian aluminum kayak
 
After I get them I'll post again with some photos, and possibly a field report.

Ryan,

Yes these are my wife and my birthday/Christmas presents. I'm hoping I can hand those down to my grandchildren along with our AS.

AWCHIEF 11-22-2016 01:15 PM

I have been looking for a used Grumman 12.9 canoe for some time. My family had a 17 ft when I was a kid.

This is the first time I have seen this kayak. Nice looks and price point.

Silverflames 11-22-2016 09:55 PM

AWchief. Those are good canoes. I was looking for a used one first. Then we rented one of the Osagian canoes. I was pretty impressed with their build out. I think the smallest one they make is 15'.

OSIN 11-22-2016 11:02 PM

I spent many hours in Grumman Canoe's (used to work at a boathouse) if they are anything like the grumman they will last a long time...My only (small gripe) is they are noisy on the water. Other than that, perfect, and above all....riveted.

Good luck!

Dingo Girl 11-23-2016 05:14 AM

Never knew I needed one of these til I saw them. Beautiful!!!

AWCHIEF 11-23-2016 02:23 PM

Swapped a couple of emails with them. If anyone is interested they are offering a Military discount. Even with shipping it makes an attractive price even better. Please contact them directly for more information.

Silverflames 11-24-2016 01:07 AM

AWchief, when you get yours, are you going to polish it?

AWCHIEF 11-24-2016 05:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Silverflames (Post 1879561)
AWchief, when you get yours, are you going to polish it?

Not sure if I am going to get one or not but doubt i would strip and polish to shiny. They already look shiny enough for me. I think keep clean and waxed is enough.

tevake 11-24-2016 05:44 AM

Those are really nice looking canoes.
I had many years of good service from an aluminum ten foot rowing boat by Grumman. That I bought used in New Zealand as a tender for my cruising boat.

But for the fit with RV cruising I've been on the hunt for a good used foldbot kayak. https://folbot.com/line-up/
Tho very expensive new, and I just missed out on a 15 y o used one near here that I bid $550 for. The storage and ease of transport of these very capable boats is very attractive, for a careful user.

These Osagian boats sure are an attractive well priced option !
Thanks for posting them.

Cheers Richard

Silverflames 11-24-2016 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by AWCHIEF (Post 1879574)
Not sure if I am going to get one or not but doubt i would strip and polish to shiny. They already look shiny enough for me. I think keep clean and waxed is enough.


I've been thinking about the polishing process. Do you think it would be better to sand the mill finish down with 800 grit sand before polishing?

AWCHIEF 11-24-2016 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Silverflames (Post 1879730)
I've been thinking about the polishing process. Do you think it would be better to sand the mill finish down with 800 grit sand before polishing?

Beats me. Not a stripper and polisher. Wash and hand wax works for me.


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