I found this while searching the archives for info on the DY Special:
(Snip) Posted by: old_user on Dec-01-07 9:52 PM (EST)
Several weeks ago I was hunting from my Sawyer DY special when I hit and went to retrieve a Canada goose. I reached to get hold of it by the wing but it wasn't dead and it gave me a real flogging. In the process the goose hit my light carbon paddle and threw it about 20 feet from the canoe.
I had no spare paddle and I was not able to hand paddle to my carbon paddle. I was about 100 yards from shore so I unloaded my 870 Remington pump shotgun and used it as an improvised paddle. It worked but I now carry a spare with me.(snip)
So after reading this post I don't know which I want more now, the 870 or the DY Special!!! But since I already have a Winchester 1200 I'll stick to boats. What do you all think about the DY Special? Do you agree with old user that it is a great all around fast solo canoe? I am asking because I've seen several listed for sale close to my budget of $500.
For the most part I'll be paddling the upper and lower Potomac River and some of the other rivers off the Chesapeake Bay. Just me and the dog, lunch and perhaps a fishing pole. Big open river with fast current, class 1 & 2 rapids, and maybe a 2 foot tide. There are a bunch of social kayak groups around here, and I like the idea of a fast solo canoe so I can paddle at their pace and distance without wearing myself out.
Also, I read in a Cliff Jacobson book that kevlar hulls only have about a 27 year average life span? Is this so? If true, these DY Specials are just about done. I was on a litter pick up/log jam clearing paddle one time, and there was a guy who had bought a second hand cheap kayak. His boat began to break up slowly during the day. He literally swam the last couple hundred yards. We left the remains of his boat on the trash pile for the parks service to pick up!