Anyone use a greenland style paddle for solo canoing? Is this possible?
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I have tried it with a 26 inch wide|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-11-12 4:39 PM (EST)
(at the gunwales) solo. It forces me to learn the sliding stroke.
Local Greenland Canoer|
Posted by: medawgone on Dec-11-12 4:52 PM (EST)
Posted by: Joe_O on Dec-11-12 7:10 PM (EST)
I've sold a lot of Greenland paddles to canoeists. the owner of Souris River Canoes, he uses one of my paddles in his solo canoe.
using GPs in canoes|
Posted by: ret603 on Dec-11-12 8:41 PM (EST)
As mentioned above, a GP has to be longer than the usual sea kayak length to reach the water in a wider canoe.
My paddling buddy tried my 8 ft. GP|
Posted by: Canuka on Dec-11-12 10:00 PM (EST)
on his Hemlock Kestrel canoe and did not like it at all. He felt it wasn't long enough and was getting seriously wet.
Bring a bailer|
Posted by: booztalkin on Dec-11-12 11:09 PM (EST)
GPs drip a lot. It's gonna be a wet ride.
Not all Native Craft|
Posted by: mjamja on Dec-12-12 12:25 AM (EST)
were narrow and several historical paddles were quite long. Maybe Greg Stammer can chime in on traditional paddles used with the wider forms of traditional kayaks and umiaks.
long GPs and Aleutian w Rapidfire|
Posted by: ret603 on Dec-12-12 7:52 AM (EST)
As the ladies say, length matters. I use longer GPs and Aleutian paddles in my Rapidfire, any other canoe I paddle and kayaks. A rebuilt shoulder prevents me from using single blades. I counseled a paddler with a 30" rec. kayak who was going to give up paddling because of shoulder issues. For the last 3 years he has been happily paddling with his extra long GP.
traditional drip control?|
Posted by: willowleaf on Dec-12-12 10:22 AM (EST)
I've yet to try it with my own GPs, but I've noticed that all the longer native-made kayak and baidarka paddles displayed "as collected" in the "Polar World" permanent exhibit in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History have strips of cotton rags wrapped around the shafts, in the position where modern paddles have drip rings. I've gotta think it was for drip control.
I don't know why you are getting wet|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-12-12 10:45 AM (EST)
Dave. The Aleut paddle you made for me does not rain on me in my RapidFire.j
Aleut paddle drip|
Posted by: ret603 on Dec-12-12 2:18 PM (EST)
Thanks, guys, great info from everyone!|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Dec-12-12 3:10 PM (EST)