yes a bent shaft is an absolute.
The lighter the better. How light and how expensive and how much bang for the buck depends on how often you paddle.
Your boat seems to scream for high cadence sit and switch.
I have had a lightweight Zav for some 15 years. At first it was expensive. Cost $200. I used it 14 times the first year. Thats about fifteen bucks a use. I used it more and more as I got better at the skill of paddling. Now it is in the millipennies of use.
You can get a cheap paddle and not paddle often and get a reasonable rate of return or not..if its too heavy..or get an high priced paddle and paddle often and get a nice rate of return. Or if you cant go out often, that high price paddle is an expensive wall ornament.
You can check out classifieds. Often very nice paddles are available used.
Canoe / Kayak Anchors
Touring Kayak Paddles
Kayak Deck Gear Bags
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