What are the advantages and weaknesses of the the two types. I am thinking of trying an Otter tail for solo paddling a Madd River Kevlar Explorer 16, but have no experience with one.
I have two Fox Worx bent paddles and a Bending Braches Arrow straight.
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Posted by: pgeorg on Jan-24-13 9:22 AM (EST)
paddle will, of course, have a slightly longer and narrower blade than the beavertail. It provides greater reach which I find useful when soloing wide boats. With slightly smaller blade area it will be easier to push, but the flip side is that it will lack power if you need it in a wind. When using an otter tail, my spare paddle always has more blade area in case I need it.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jan-24-13 12:04 PM (EST)
Paddles with long, narrow blades often can't be used to best effect in the shallows since the blade can't be fully immersed without doing a sweep stroke.
I have been using an ottertail|
Posted by: Canuka on Jan-24-13 1:47 PM (EST)
Posted by: castoff on Jan-24-13 10:01 PM (EST)
You named a couple paddle strokes I have seen demonstrated with an otter tail. I thought there might be a reason for its use with these strokes.
Posted by: ppine on Jan-24-13 5:06 PM (EST)
Great lake paddles. Do you like mayo or mustard on a ham sandwich? Take your pick.
I keep a rabbittail in my pocket |
Posted by: ezwater on Jan-24-13 6:33 PM (EST)
just in case.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Jan-24-13 7:28 PM (EST)
I race and train hour after hour with a carbon bent shaft. But I recreate most enjoyably with a cherry ottertail, or an even narrower willow leaf shape blade. Both have feather edges that are wonderful for doing many advanced linked strokes. While it is true you can't dip as deep in the shallows, I haven't found that to be terribly troublesome. Just don't dip as deep and use modified strokes. The maneuverability and leverage and fun to use advantage of a well shaped otter or similar shaped paddle is well worth it against the few times I have found any kind of disadvantage.
Thanks for your perspective|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-24-13 10:15 PM (EST)
I realize a longpaddle might not be great in shallow water. I got that covered with the BB Arrow. I was paddling the Enoree River today and many places are only a couple of feet deep or less while other places I paddle are much deeper.
I guess the rabbit was thankful that you|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-24-13 10:25 PM (EST)
Left him with all four feet. Lucky rabbit! Or was it a bunnies tail, and all she had to do was sew another one back on to the outfit. Unlucky bunny!
make sure you know what shaft length|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-24-13 10:49 PM (EST)
..... you will be wanting in the otter tail paddle .
Posted by: CEWilson on Jan-24-13 11:39 PM (EST)
I found much of what you say to be true|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-25-13 9:43 AM (EST)
While paddling upstream against a current. The two bent paddles are for the wife and I on flat water as a tandem.. I just acquired the Kevlar explorer slightly damage and with repairs have $700 in it. I intend to use it in FL this winter. I kneeled and use the back of the bow seat as a thwart. I was able to do cross strokes, but against the current it was hard to make head way. I used a 58" straight wide blade paddle. I also tried a 220 double with a high stroke. Paddle drip on this short a double put some water in the boat, I made better progress against the current and had better control of the bow. I doubt I would have used an otter tail here. I even stood up and paddled some with the double. I may set up a kneeling thwart as I learn how to handle this canoe.
I should add I did heel the canoe|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-25-13 10:47 AM (EST)
But that made cross strokes out of the question without shifting back to the center. Most of the time I stayed in the center. I still have lots to learn. A dedicated solo or pack could be in my future, but for now the explorer is what I have. I bought it as it is relatively light, was in my price range, and my wife will feel more comfortable in it while paddling the Everglades this winter than in a sea kayak. Also lower abominable pressure can be relived more conveniently if it proves impossible to find a place to land at the time!
Posted by: VK1NF on Jan-25-13 4:31 PM (EST)
I like 'em - the longer, narrower blade suits my flatwater paddling needs just fine. Great for sweeps, pries, etc, and easy to move around underwater without having it 'catch' - feels nice and smooth thru the water. The blade shape also acts as a sort of throttle for me - if I want less power, submerge less than the blade's full length; dig deeper when I want more.
I would like to thank everyone |
Posted by: castoff on Jan-25-13 10:26 PM (EST)
For their insights and comments. Y'all are most helpful.
I have an ottertail hanging on the side|
Posted by: mickjetblue on Jan-25-13 10:48 PM (EST)
of my canoe shaped bookcase in the living room. It is a beautiful dark walnut, but no longer made.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jan-27-13 9:57 AM (EST)
I make my ottertail and beavertail paddles with approximately the same length blades. Note the sugar island blade is sort of beavertail-ish, but shorter and wider...its not the same thing, although it is a good design, for sure.