the right paddle for solo canoe
Posted by: chuckfest on Jul-11-13 10:41 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
I'm looking for a new paddle and not sure what would be the best option. Bent, straight, carbon, wood, ext. I mostly paddle shallow slow,sandy bottom rivers. Any advice.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jul-11-13 11:13 AM (EST)
If you don't know, I would go with a straight shaft paddle. A straight shaft paddle tends allow for more versatility in maneuvering which is often a factor in river paddling.
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Posted by: deuce on Jul-11-13 12:19 PM (EST)
but I can tell you my impressions thus far. Just keep in mind they're worth what you're paying for them. I usually solo or stern paddle with the bow man or woman being more or less a passenger, typically in pool and drop class I and II rivers. I alternate between several paddles. They're all straight shaft 58 inchers. I have a Dri-Ki beavertail that is solid ash. As you might expect it's fairly heavy but well balanced and doesn't wear me out (but I'm still pretty young and stout). Hard to beat for thirty bucks. These days I mainly use it as a loaner, but I still like it. I also have a Werner Rec. It's a fiberglass beast and is my favorite because it's tough and gives me good power and control. I recently bought a Foxworx Excel and it's a close second to my trusty old Werner Rec. For less than a C note I highly recommend it. It's light, tough and really pretty. The four ounce fiberglass on the blade helps keep it looking good. I'm enjoying it a lot. I had an Aquabound Edge but didn't like it, but that wasn't because it's not a good paddle. I just found that I prefer a flat blade. Like I said, still experimening. If you want carbon it's a heck of a deal. I know several paddlers much more seasoned than I am who use or have tried it and they all agree it's a great stick, especially for the price.
Rivers usually straight shafts|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-11-13 11:37 PM (EST)
give more precise control to allow eddyouts.
Posted by: deuce on Jul-12-13 10:21 AM (EST)
Good point, but my bow partners are typically not very capable (my dad, small youngsters, etc.) and don't want any control. I visit with them, coach them on the basics and allow them to help as much or as little as they want. On the rare occasion that I do have a good bow man (or woman) we usually switch back and forth throughout the trip for giggles.
Straight, decent sized blade|
Posted by: davbart on Jul-12-13 4:00 PM (EST)
I often paddle a tandem canoe with a person who is more photographer than bow paddler, so I use a Shaw and Tenney Maine Guide paddle. It provides great control and power to move a loaded tandem canoe by a single paddler.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-11-13 1:16 PM (EST)
I carry two paddles and I go solo almost all of the time. My handcarved beavertail is my favorite and a real pleasure to use, but when the water is shallow I swap over to a Bending Branches Expedition. The BB has a tough resin edge (they call it Rockguard) on shorter and wider blade. It has held up quite well to shallow water abuse.
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Posted by: Mattt on Jul-12-13 8:55 AM (EST)
you should have two paddles anyway, in case one breaks or you drop one overboard just as you are nearing dead man's falls
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Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jul-12-13 12:06 PM (EST)
Sort of similar question. There's no right answer.
Posted by: deuce on Jul-12-13 12:51 PM (EST)
I mean we have to have something to wrap our paddles in. Duh!
Posted by: sissy103 on Jul-12-13 1:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: TommyC1 on Jul-15-13 6:01 PM (EST)
chuckfest , what things do you ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-13-13 12:09 AM (EST)
My favorite paddles|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Jul-15-13 6:20 PM (EST)
First off paddles, even more than boats, are a personal thing. We are all different in our needs and desires.