Your #1 source for kayaking and canoeing information.               FREE Newsletter!
my Profile
 





 
Advice, Suggestions and General Help New Topic Printer Friendly Version

  Maybe clarify your paddling style?
  Posted by: guideboatguy on Oct-02-12 2:18 PM (EST)
 

I can't be much help on picking the right boat in your case, but I was left wondering exactly what kind of paddling you wish to do, and I bet others are unsure too. You said...

"I love how the Merlin tracks when paddling on one side as I kneel with little need for switching sides"

... and of the two halves of the sentence, neither makes sense in the context provided by the other, so I can't tell if you are a traditional paddler (paddling mostly one side for a while and switching mainly to give the other side a rest) or sit-and-switch (switching every few strokes to control your course). To clarify my confusion, a traditional paddler paddling mostly on one side at any given time would not refer to the boat as having "little need to switch sides" because there simply wouldn't be any need to switch sides during normal cruising.

Clarifying which paddling method you use would surely affect boat choice. If you are a traditional paddler, you can deal with a wide range of degrees of tracking with very little change in technique, but if you are a sit-and-switcher (or kneel-and-switcher), you probably don't really want a boat that tracks less strongly than your Merlin II. I just figured that info might affect what boats other people suggest.

 Great Products from the Buyers' Guide:

Sunglasses

Heel and Pegpads™

Kayalite

Free Standing Boat Racks

Wall Mount Boat Racks

Table of Contents

Google
 
Web Paddling.net


Follow us on:
Free Newsletter | About Us | Site Map | Advertising Info | Contact Us

©2014 Paddling.net Inc.
Sweepstakes Banjo Shirt