Hi, I'm new to the forums and I'm sorry if this has been answered somewhere, but I've been searching on Google and haven't found any info on the topic. I've been making my own canoe paddles and I've been trying to figure out why they don't sell paddles with really large surface area ... widthwise. If the wood is lightweight, and you don't have any problem with it, why wouldn't someone want a large and wide paddle. I understand that if you were going solo it would push you back and forth too much because of how much force goes into one stroke, but I go out with a friend almost every time and if we're paddling on opposite sides shouldn't his force and my force counteract and just push us forward with more force ... in other words faster. We've been paddling for 6 hours to 12 hours at a time sometimes, and there have been occasions where the wind has been nearly too strong for us to paddle through. I would like to cut down our paddle times. We've just been using the small cheap wooden paddles from Walmart that are 4 feet and don't have a very large face and they don't seem to be cutting it anymore. Any comments suggestions that anyone could offer on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot
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Posted by: Dutedute2 on Dec-06-12 11:56 AM (EST)
Is there a subject on this somewhere. It seems like it makes sense according to the laws of physics .... right?
Thoughts on what's "big enough"|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Dec-06-12 1:22 PM (EST)
I can't possibly expound or|
Posted by: Deuce on Dec-06-12 2:13 PM (EST)
improve on that, but I can recommend a gentleman who makes great paddles and sells them cheap. I don't just mean reasonable. I mean cheap. I think I've seen him mentioned favorably here before, but here's the link. http://dri-kiwoodworking.com/id1.html They're not the lightest sticks around so they don't work for everyone, but I'm guessing weight isn't of paramount importance to you. I have the sixty inch beavertail and absolutely love it. Again, they're not for everyone, but I think they'd work well for you.
canoe paddle blade width|
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-06-12 2:11 PM (EST)
If you are using an inexpensive straight shaft paddle with an overall length of only 48", you are probably using too short a paddle, unless you have a very short torso and sit very close to the water.
Posted by: mcimes on Dec-06-12 3:37 PM (EST)
Racing improves the breed. |
Posted by: g2d on Dec-06-12 4:56 PM (EST)
In slalom racing, blade width and length has settled on ~20" long by 7 3/4" wide. I use slalom paddles. I ordered one just 1/2" wider than the "standard," and there was too much load per stroke, lowering the rate I needed to make tracks.
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Posted by: mrmannerz on Dec-06-12 5:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: mornstein on Dec-07-12 5:17 PM (EST)
Much has been already said by others, regarding blade width. Pete spoke about how a wide blade would cause the boat to turn, because it would need to be held far out from the boat (I'm paraphrasing here). Let me elaborate.
Posted by: rjh on Dec-07-12 11:02 PM (EST)
WalMart paddles are for the closet. They would make a great self defense weapon against an intruder armed with a wreaking bar.