One doesnt see many of these paddles. Verlen made them for his trips and a few for others. The bent shaft design was fairly new (70's) via Gene Jensen and used by marathon canoe racers. The owner of this paddle says he got it from Verlen in Louisianna....most likely during Verlens UCC when he and Steve paddled UP the entire Mississippi.
It's a piece of history. If i had the $ I'd get it just to have. Its heavy for a composite at 20%--Verlen used ZRE later on which are 7oz....much lighter ...a difference of 13 oz (at 50 strokes a minute @ 10 hours of paddling ='s over 12 tons less paddle weight lifted in one day)
The size is probably cut to fit verlen. Being short it would make a great UPSTREAM paddle due to the "quickness" of the return stroke etc. Plus Verlen was not that tall. If this paddle did come from the UCC then it would be a great collectors item....since that is the longest paddle trip undertaken by anyone---28,000 miles!!!! Who care what the composite and construction are just buy the damn thing.....its worth all the stories in the world.
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