I don't feather, maybe I'll throw in a slight feather up to 15 degrees once in a while. Nor do I care about anyone's opinion of what I should do here, so I don't have a dog in this fight.
But to be fair to all sides, wind resistence is not the only argument for feathering. I have heard extremely good paddlers - people who most on this board will never match in a lifetime - argue for feathering because it creates more efficiency. Basically, you get to the power phase more readily. I have seen them paddle and I certainly can't argue they are wrong - or keep up with them.
People will do what they need to in order to keep their joints safe and get the speed they need. Feather, no feather, bent shaft, straight shaft... as long as the stroke is safe for the person's joints they'll be back to paddle another day. That's really all that matters.
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