I'm a sea kayaker who is considering a Placid Boat Works Rapidfire canoe. The PBW website recommends a 220 cm paddle for high angle and 230 cm for low angle paddling. When paddling my Caribou I often vary my paddlling style between low and high angle but always paddle with a 210 cm Euro paddle. I do own an Epic 220 cm relaxed touring paddle but would not want to go to anything longer than that. I'd like advice from Rapidfire or Spitfire owners regarding the paddles they use.
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Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-19-13 9:05 AM (EST)
I use a 230|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-19-13 9:34 AM (EST)
with the low seat in my RF with a low angle stroke. Am five five for height.
Regarding the Paddler's Height|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-19-13 1:13 PM (EST)
I just thought of something. Paddle-length recommendations are often made in the context of the paddler's height, and of course, the height of the seat. Well, related to that is something people usually don't consider, and that is how much a person's body type contributes to "seating height". All else being equal, heavier people "sit a lot taller" in a chair than slender people, and the same goes for sitting in canoes. Years ago I knew of two brothers who were the same height, and their overall proportions of upper-body and lower-body length appeared the same, but one brother weighed about 80 pounds more than the other, and when sitting he was about 5 inches taller. The bottom line therefore, is that you should take paddle-length versus paddler-height recommendations with a grain of salt, unless you happen to know that the body build of the person in question is similar to your own.
Good point Eric|
Posted by: vic on Sep-19-13 9:56 PM (EST)
Body type is part of the equation.
225cm works fine in my solos with higher|
Posted by: Yanoer on Sep-19-13 1:33 PM (EST)
seats and widths from 28" to 29".
This might be a case for a paddle with |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-19-13 10:21 PM (EST)
some length adjustment. There are a few on the market.
ONNO - 220 to 230|
Posted by: waterspyder on Sep-20-13 7:37 AM (EST)
I use an ONNO 220 full tour paddle in my Rapidfire that's adjustable to 230. I have the middle height seat and I'm a little under 5'10". It works fine for me at 220 and I switch between high angle and low angle paddling. I've tried a 230 and I'm not as comfortable with it. Drips are no problem with the 220 being used high angle if you have a fairly rapid stroke pace as the paddle tends to throw off the water. Use a slow pace at high angle and you're going to get drips. Prior to the ONNO paddle I used a Werner Camano 220 and that was fine also.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Sep-20-13 8:08 PM (EST)
For me, I have a Spitfire.
Interesting how that 46 inch FW|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-20-13 8:21 PM (EST)
paddle works for me 5'5" and also my husband 6'1" in the Rapid.
no simple answer|
Posted by: ret603 on Sep-20-13 8:21 PM (EST)
1st you need to demo the Rapidfire to be sure it's what you want. My review is in the p.net review section, so I'll just say I continue to be a very happy owner.
Thanks for the advice|
Posted by: jmyers on Sep-21-13 10:05 PM (EST)
I really need to drive the 365 miles up to PBW, maybe make a weekend of it. I really don't want to go longer than a 220cm paddle but the only way I'll find out is to paddle the boat with the different seat options.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-22-13 1:26 AM (EST)
There are actually four seat options. Two of varying height that drop in over the top of the lowest base seat, and an even higher one mounted completely differently on rails. That is the one I have and it works best for my preferred style of single blade paddling.
I have ape arms and a long torso. I|
Posted by: string on Sep-22-13 8:31 PM (EST)
used a 220.
Same Body Type|
Posted by: MikeT on Sep-23-13 6:52 AM (EST)
as Mr. String, use a 230cm straight shaft paddle with low, medium and high seats.
Posted by: CEWilson on Sep-23-13 7:42 AM (EST)
Taking the advice of the builder, Joe Moore? He's a race proven paddler, who's shoveled thousands of folks into those boats.
Posted by: jmyers on Sep-23-13 1:35 PM (EST)
Sometimes the most simple solutions are the least obvious. I'll give Joe a call.