OK, I just pulled the trigger on a Kayak, a Rack and rigging to carry the boat etc.
I bought this stuff at REI and got a really amazing discount....very happy.
One problem. They don't sell paddles that are adjustable in length. My question is at 5'5" tall in a 25" wide boat, recreational kayaking in rivers/streams some of them very narrow and twisty and shallow, can you guys give me an idea of your thoughts on the paddle length that would be appropriate for a guy my size under those conditions?
I will get a 15% discount on any paddle that I buy so I'm thinking I want to buy it there as well. They have small diameter shafts which I think would be good for me. And I will be buying a Fiberglass paddle. Just need an idea of length.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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Even with the width, I would encourage |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-13 7:09 PM (EST)
you to go to high angle style. For that, I'll bet you could use a 215 cm paddle. Maybe less.
paddle fit guide |
Posted by: nickjc on Apr-25-13 7:51 PM (EST)
215-220 for a low angle touring blade
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Apr-25-13 9:26 PM (EST)
Be sure you get a two piece paddle. I have done a reasonable amount of paddling in mangroves which have narrow, twisty routes with restricted space overhead. It is easier to paddle that with half a paddle (i.e., a "canoe" paddle). In other words, learn basic canoe strokes as well as kayak strokes and use a paddle that allows both.
What is a man grove, anyway? |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-26-13 12:55 AM (EST)
Does that have to do with the Florida Keys?
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-25-13 10:48 PM (EST)
Posted by: djlen on Apr-26-13 5:43 AM (EST)
This will give you an idea of how new I am to kayaking.
Nevermind.....I Googled it|
Posted by: djlen on Apr-26-13 11:10 AM (EST)
Thanks for all the assistance!!