Paddle length help
Posted by: pipewrench on Jun-30-13 6:49 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
Howdy, I am in a pickle as to what size length paddle I should be using for my canoe. I bought an OT 119 this past spring on Craigslist (the boat is maybe 8 or 10 years old, wicker seat.) and have been using a 57" paddle with it. Now, I am only 5'3", and by all accounts I can find online, I should be using a paddle quite a bit shorter. For instance, on the Bending Branches website, they have a video of how long the paddle should be for your given size. (Sit on a chair with the handle between your legs, and the neck of the paddle should be at your forehead...I believe....) Well, I tried to use my 54" paddle (the boat came with a 54 and 57, respectively) but my hands/knuckles kept getting mashed on the gunwales while paddling. SO, I take out the 57", but it still seems too small for me. I haven't fiddled with the depth of the seat, yet. But I am planning on it, as while I am kneeling, my butt is barely on the seat as my legs are pretty short. Well...there you have it. Any ideas? Should I look into a longer paddle? Maybe 60"? I am not really looking to get a double blade paddle, as I like the simplicity of making J-strokes and working on paddling techniques. Thanks for any insight/help you can give this noob.
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You say you are bashing knuckles|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-30-13 7:17 PM (EST)
and my first question is are you holding the paddle vertically? Or is the paddle across your lap sometimes. Also are you grasping the paddle shaft with your lower hand some eight inches above where shaft and paddle meet..or right at that intersection.
A couple thoughts|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-30-13 9:08 PM (EST)
I use a 60 inch paddle|
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jun-30-13 9:30 PM (EST)
but, I am 6 ft. tall. And, I doubt that the 57 inch paddle fits you, (unless it has a long thin blade). Like Kayakmedic said, the length of the shaft is key. And I agree with him that you probably should be using something in the 54 inch range. I'm going to guess that there is a paddling technique issue involved and that you are not putting the paddle into the water with it held vertically.
The length of the blade also comes |
Posted by: g2d on Jun-30-13 9:46 PM (EST)
into it, and it might help if you tell use the length and width of your blade.
your paddling station in the 119 ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-30-13 10:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jul-01-13 12:59 PM (EST)
I didn't realize his boat was that wide. One of my canoes is the same width and it's about as wide as anything I'd want to paddle, and I'm 10 or 11 inches taller than the OP. For the OP, I think paddling the boat while heeled, when practical, will help a lot.
That boat is very wide for you.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jun-30-13 11:23 PM (EST)
what your paddling has a huge|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jul-01-13 10:52 AM (EST)
While the boat IS wide IIRC|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-01-13 1:57 PM (EST)
the seat is pretty far astern..more than four or eight inches aft of center. So the paddling station might not be 32.5 inches wide.
Posted by: pipewrench on Jul-01-13 4:24 PM (EST)
Thanks for all the input. Yes, the boat is pretty wide, and I do tend to lean out/over the side of the gunwale to paddle. I just got back from the hardware store and picked up 6 inch threaded bolts to lower the seat, but I took the thwarts off along w. the seat to sand and put some new poly on. I will put the 6 inch bolts in the front and leave the 5 inchers in the back for my next time out. I think, and forgive me for not remembering who mentioned it, that it is my noob paddle style that is causing my knuckles to bang into the gunwales. I have been trying to get out once a week in it. Perhaps with the lowered seat, it will be easier. I will bring the 54 along. I also have 2 48 inch paddles, but I assumed they would be too small?
notice his vertical posture ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-01-13 11:21 PM (EST)
now that's what I'm talking about,|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jul-02-13 8:48 AM (EST)
FreeStyle is the same thing with|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-02-13 10:47 AM (EST)
cross strokes. All it is is precise placement of the boat and power paddling. One of its roots is Canadian Style.
I'm still figurin' out the difference.. |
Posted by: tdaniel on Jul-02-13 11:24 AM (EST)
between figure skaters and hockey players. Which ones wear the tutus? You reckin' they can have frilly little suits made out of duct tape?
And your point is....? |
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-02-13 11:48 AM (EST)
if there is one.
no point, just delusional....|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jul-02-13 4:23 PM (EST)
but you already know that.
I do FS but in costume and with my|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-02-13 5:04 PM (EST)
ham hock on the gunwale, I look ridiculous. So I don't do that.. just saying.
I've learned a lot from this website,|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jul-03-13 8:33 AM (EST)
its broadened my horizons. For lots of folks "paddling" means something completely different than it does to me. If someone wants to wear a costume and paddle to music that's cool. I can honestly see how that could be fun. When I suggest "messin' around" in boats, I'm talkin' about not paddlin' from A to B but rather you focus on developing skills and balance in a fixed location, be it a pond, lake or river. Call it freestyle or something else, its just semantics. Put music to it or not, just have fun and learn.