Posted by: gjf12 on Dec-19-12 12:16 AM (EST)
I don't really know anyone who uses a GP, plus I mainly paddle solo, two to three hour day paddles in an unloaded Q700. Mainly in moderate or mild ocean conditions. I really like the Novorca, and much prefer the carbon to either the Beale or Superior wood paddles I owned in the past. I just want another slightly different one, and not for any particular dissatisfaction with the current dimensions. I use a bit of cant and have zero issue with flutter, so I would not choose shorter rather than narrower for reasons of flutter. It is not a big decision, more an intellectual curiosity.
86 with a 3 inch blades seems like it would be much less bite than I like.
There seems to me a strong relationship between loom length and the power/resistivity of the paddle. I think that my 24 inch loom length and wider grip allows a more powerful paddle than a 20 inch loom would.
I use the same width grip on the Novorca as I do on my wing or low angle Euro.