Up the creek with the wrong paddle?
Posted by: bartc on Nov-12-12 11:14 AM (EST) Category: Paddles
No, it didn't happen to me, but it could have. I have a serious question about that.
Got stuck on a sandbar yesterday. I was able to use my Wester Red Cedar Aleut paddle to essentially pole myself off the sandbar to the channel. Wasn't easy, but it worked. Proves the value of leverage.
The Aleut paddle is a very solid piece of wood. it looks like what it really is: a carved down 2'x4' board.
So if I had a plastic or carbon fiber Euro paddle, would that have worked? Or would I have broken the paddle?
Anybody know the answer from experience?
Just curious, now that I'm not stuck! BTW, this is a serious question, not an advertisement for APs....
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Posted by: carldelo on Nov-12-12 4:22 PM (EST)
I'm not sure if it would have broken a Euro paddle, but it certainly implies to me that carrying an AP or GP as a spare is a good idea. I typically carry both Euro and GP on any given paddle outing.
None of the Above|
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-12-12 4:39 PM (EST)
In a kayak you can just push forward or back with your hands. If that doesn't work it's time to get out and walk.
Not this muc!|
Posted by: bartc on Nov-12-12 8:41 PM (EST)
Notorious for capturing stupid kayakers! Walking was not in order, I'm afraid.
Ditto for Mermaid walk ....|
Posted by: seadart on Nov-13-12 12:43 AM (EST)
no way to know without actually trying! |
Posted by: abc on Nov-12-12 4:47 PM (EST)
So go back there, get stuck again, and try it this time with a Euro paddle, carbon fiber preferred.
Technique is important|
Posted by: mjamja on Nov-13-12 12:10 AM (EST)
If you have a Euro carbon or fiberglass paddle there is a preferred method for pushing off. Assuming you want to push off backwards from the sandbar plant the paddle into the sand at or just in front of your feet. The paddle should be at a 30 to 40 degree angle with the ground. Now you can apply force dircetly down the shaft so you are not bending the shaft or the blade. The paddles are much stronger this way than if you planted it more vertically and kind of used a reverse stroke motion to pry yourself off the bar.
Posted by: willowleaf on Nov-13-12 1:14 PM (EST)
The main reason I carry my "beater" storm paddle on the deck (a sturdy 72" GP carved from a chunk of oak and heavily coated with marine grade varnish) is that I can use it as a pole for extracting myself from the sand and gravel bars and mucky silt shelves I am apt to encounter in my local waters. I hate to risk beating up my primary paddle, a one piece laminated WRC GP, in such endeavors and would hesitate to use any of my 2-piece Euros either.
There are some situations where hand|
Posted by: shirlann on Nov-13-12 9:50 PM (EST)
walking, depending on the angle at which one is stuck, does not work.
Poling with paddle|
Posted by: ppine on Nov-14-12 1:31 PM (EST)
Next time get out and move the boat if you value your paddle.
Quick mud? I think not!|
Posted by: bartc on Nov-14-12 4:15 PM (EST)
This stuff is not hard packed, it's the stuff you sink up to your calves in. So getting out was not the wisest move to make.