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Offline Backroads Baddler

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Fair priced paddle?
« on: December 07, 2011, 12:41:56 pm »
I've been looking to upgrade the aluminum shaft, plastic blade Sea-sense paddle that came with my boat (Saw online today for $18 at Wallymart) and came across this last night.

http://nanaimo.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-boats-watercraft-canoes-kayaks-paddle-Kayak-Paddles-for-Sale-W0QQAdIdZ324523040

According to the Aqua-Bound paddle sizing criteria, this paddle meets all the criteria except that it recommends a longer paddle (240+) for boats 30" and wider (my Caper is 31").   

Thoughts?

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Wilderness Systems Ride 115X
OK Caper
Nanaimo BC


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Re: Fair priced paddle?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 03:14:54 pm »
220cm should be plenty depending on your stroke. It's a myth that you need a 240cm paddle for those boats. It all depends on your paddle stroke, and if it's so wide and shallow that you need a 240cm paddle, then you need to practice your basic forward stroke. All this being said, the longer paddle does give you more reach and leverage for manoeuvrings in rivers and tight water. I run a 220cm paddle, and it works great with my boat at 30" wide and hasn't limited me in the least.

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Re: Fair priced paddle?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 05:41:49 pm »
I wouldn't suggest any shorter than 230 & agree w/ AB that 240 is best for 30" + width .
You could paddle your boat with a 200 length if you needed to but the shorter the paddle the more vertical your stroke needs to be.
To get the blade in the water & on a 30" wide boat you might need to lean your body out to get that 220 in the water effectively & if your leaning than your wasting energy. A crappy blade at the right length can be better than a great blade at the wrong length.

Since it's used try it out or bring your boat sit it on the ground  & get a feel for its length in relation to your boat and your paddling preference.
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Re: Fair priced paddle?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 06:43:16 pm »
Thanks for the input fellas.  I'll look to take my yak with me to try it out for sure.
 
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A crappy blade at the right length can be better than a great blade at the wrong length.
I will definetely keep this in mind.

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Re: Fair priced paddle?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 10:51:58 pm »
I'm going to buy a new paddle for the coming summer season. Same length as the current one, whatever that is, but the blades will be coloured international orange. I saw a guy waving one over his head this fall and you could see him better than if he had a strobe light on it. Might save your life.
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