I am looking to use a canoe (single blade) paddle as my spare on the back deck of my kayaks. Has anyone had any made for this purpose, and if so, what length paddle are you using? It would seem that even a 48" paddle (shortest size for most canoes) would be too long since a kayak has us much closer to the water.
Any experience/opinions welcomed.
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Posted by: beachcamper on Oct-23-12 7:58 AM (EST)
48" is too long for me.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Oct-23-12 9:23 AM (EST)
I've been using a 47.75" ZRE Medium in my kayaks recently and it seems at least 2" too long, though it really moves my Epic Touring Cruiser 16 along very nicely. I'm looking for a 46" to try.
46 inch bent shaft|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-23-12 9:42 AM (EST)
works fine in a kayak. Hit and switch.
I use a 49" straight blade|
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-23-12 11:11 AM (EST)
And not just for backup. I switch back and forth between single and a greenland blade. I enjoy the feel of the single blade, but then, I think I am a canoeist at heart.
Posted by: amf on Oct-23-12 11:23 AM (EST)
I know of at least one paddle carver (Tuktu) who makes them. Just the right size, nicely finished.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Oct-23-12 11:29 AM (EST)
I actually switched entirely to single blade. Paddle longer and zero fatigue and can keep up if not paddle father than my double blade friends.
Posted by: radiomix on Oct-23-12 11:39 AM (EST)
I have a 48, it might be a tad long. But really anything between 46-48 would be fine for a spare. I went with sanborn canoe company's borealis model. Light, affordable, and pretty.
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Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-23-12 11:44 AM (EST)
Short 5 degree bend|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Oct-23-12 3:38 PM (EST)
When I got my first sea kayak in 1996 I had Al Camp (now Foxworx) custom make me a 5 degree bent shaft out of his light foam blade technology. I think it's about 40" total length, but I'd have to go down into the apocalyptic rubble of my garage to actually measure it.