Since you found a length that feels good
Posted by: dong on Dec-18-12 9:01 PM (EST)
I would try a narrower blade. One thing I enjoy with a narrower blade is that you can play with the canted angle more. A narrower blade is also nice to use when you get stuck paddling into a strong head wind when rounding an island or point. The smaller bite with the faster cadence seems to be easier for myself when paddling into a strong head wind. As far as some people having experienced flutter with a narrow blade, I guess it would have a lot to due with technique and paddle design. I haven't noticed any direct relation with blade size and flutter with the paddles I've made. I do enjoy using paddles of different dimensions on a regular basis based on the conditions or to just change up techniques. Whatever you decide you can't go wrong.