intent of bent shafted paddles.
If you do an inwater recovery to have a vertical paddle one of two things happen. One is you get pulled out of the boat because the top hand has to be so far out. That is the most comfortable with an dedicated grip.
The other is to invert the paddle and have your top hand in your boat with elbow bent...then you have to straighten it out for the next power stroke. Seems a bit of wear and tear on your elbow.
Anything is possible with a paddle or for a tree branch for a paddle substitute for that matter.
But Rich is seeking a straight blade so we digress.
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