reflections on Glen's post
Posted by: ret603 on Sep-23-12 7:45 PM (EST)
Re. the attributes in Glen's point 1 and point 2--- I see no reason to separate them and think they act together synergistically. That's my opinion, not based on any experiments.
Point 3 is interesting. The Skinboat School paddle comes to a slightly rounded point. The Beltraine paddle ends in a almost flat tip. I looked at George Dyson's 1986 book "Baidarka", to see what it shows. In the historical painting and drawings from the 1700's and 1800's there are paddles tips covering the whole range from rounded to very pointed. Almost half of the illustrations show single blades being used in the Baidarkas and larger skin boats. No Freestyle moves are shown.
Re. point 4, I will just state that Aleutian paddles work for me and I don't really need to know the official or generally accepted reason why they do.
Since we both live in Ct, a small state, we should meet at a lake such as Bantam Lake and trade paddles back and forth on a long paddle. When pondering the advantages of sharp edge GP vs. more rounded edges, I found the best method was to paddle a few hours with a friend and exchange paddles every 15-20 minutes. All 15 people I've done that with ended up favoring the sharp edge paddle. I started using a rounded edge GP and was surprised myself when I also favored the sharp edge GP. Live and learn.