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  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.

I'm 6'4", so maybe I can get away with a few inches more paddle than shorter-torso'd paddlers, or maybe my paddle is too long and I just don't know any better. 46" sounds about right.

I switch sides about every five strokes. The switch would be easier with a shorter paddle. Also, if you have a rudder (I don't), it might be easier to just stay on one side.

~~Chip

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