Sorry about my unclear post,but you figgured it out. I shortened a straight Zav counting the narrow part of the blade as shaft length. It works fine and it's a very short lift to clear the water on recovery which helps my shoulder. I use inwater recovery a lot,but it doesn't work as well with the Zav as other paddles,besides with it's light weight and shirt blade it's not much easier.What is the theory behind that narrow section anyway?
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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