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I just picked up a Old Town Discovery 158 to take my 3 year old son out in. I need to purchase a paddle and I wanted to get some suggestions.
99% of my paddling will be done on a lake and a wide very slow river and mostly just day paddles. I will also more than likely be sitting rather than kneeling. Most of the time it will be just my son and I so I will be doing all of the paddling.
I love the look of the wood paddles so I would prefer wood and from what I have read I am interested in trying out a bent shaft paddle.
The FoxWorx Standard bent shaft and the Bending Branches BB special both get good reviews from what I have read and seem like nice paddles for the price.
Does anyone have any recomendations for a nice paddle under $100.00?
Any suggestions are much appreciated!
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I have just been down this same road|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-28-13 4:04 PM (EST)
Or should I say stream. I have a foxworx standard bent for my wife, and a foxworx FFG which is a bit bigger blade for me. I feel the standard blade is a bit small for me, but a very nice paddle. However, if you are doing most of the paddling from the stern. I would go with a straight shaft with an 8" wide blade as you will find you have more control in the stern with it than with a bent.
Bendin' Branches Beavertail|
Posted by: FatElmo on Jan-28-13 4:27 PM (EST)
FE do you think a stern paddler ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-29-13 9:34 PM (EST)
...... in the back seat of a tandem would want or need a little longer than 54" in that BB paddle with a 25" long blade ??
Posted by: SurfmanTX on Jan-29-13 8:57 AM (EST)
Thanks for the info and suggestions. I will look more into getting a straight shaft paddle.
Posted by: FrankNC on Jan-29-13 3:02 PM (EST)
I like the harmony bent shaft and it is one sale:
Posted by: Boyscout on Jan-31-13 2:45 PM (EST)
I use a harmony bentshaft as a spare. Worth looking at if you can. Price was pretty good to.
if just you and 3 yr. old son .........|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jan-29-13 9:03 PM (EST)
Ditto pilotwingz reply|
Posted by: castoff on Jan-29-13 11:08 PM (EST)
I have a 58" bending branches arrow straight. The shaft length is 35" which works well for me when sitting in the seat. If the canoe was fully loaded and I knelt at the stern then I might go with a shaft 2 to 4" shorter. However, I find it works ok kneeling in myunloaded canoe when paddling solo more in the middle of the boat. Use the fitting guide the paddle makers have on their web sites as a starting guide.
Posted by: SurfmanTX on Jan-30-13 10:52 AM (EST)
Thanks again for all the info! It has helped a bunch and gave me a good start on my first paddle. I have decided to go with a straight shaft and will probably go with a Bending Branches Arrow or Beavertail.