I've been considering adding an Epic GPX to my stable of boats. I'm attracted by its 31 pound weight and reputation for sprightly performance. I would like to expand the versatility of the GPX by learning to use a bent shaft single blade as well as the usual double, almost as if it were a pack canoe. This would make good sense in narrow streams and twisty salt marshes and just to make the overall paddling experience more interesting. I suppose that I might need to add some seat padding to raise the level of the seat a bit for efficiency but I think the GPX should be stable enough to allow this. I would like to hear from those with experience with this sort of thing.
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Shold work well|
Posted by: Kocho on Mar-21-14 2:31 PM (EST)
Occasionally, I use a single blade with a sea kayak or surf ski. With the ruddered and straight tracking boats it works particularly well as you don't need to switch sides unless you want to, and no need for correction strokes.
Just go with a short double blade|
Posted by: seadart on Mar-21-14 2:46 PM (EST)
Raising the seat enough to make a difference will make it tippy, I would suggest going with a very short double blade paddle, even trying a greenland paddle if you want to try something differnet.
Posted by: Canuka on Mar-21-14 3:13 PM (EST)
I single blade my Pygmy Coho often and I find it a very relaxing change of pace. As stated above, you need very little correction if any. but make sure you have the right length shaft. You will probably have to cut it down.
I have tried it with my QCC-700|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-21-14 3:44 PM (EST)
with my ZRE bent shaft, and it works well.
Posted by: kayakboy on Mar-23-14 10:41 AM (EST)
I am 5'8". What size should I get in the ZRE line of paddles? I keep hearing about them.
46" ZRE works well for me in kayaks.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Mar-21-14 3:51 PM (EST)
I highly recommend it.
I use a bent shaft canoe paddle as a |
Posted by: alpalmer on Mar-21-14 6:14 PM (EST)
backup/spare paddle plus it works great when fishing out of my kayak. I use a short shaft model so I don't have to jack up the seat.
I've done it...|
Posted by: Rikjohnson on Mar-31-14 2:10 PM (EST)
broke my paddle and had to single-blade back down river.
Sure kayaks can be single bladed|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-14 2:46 PM (EST)
but for best results you need a short bent shaft canoe paddle. FoxWorx makes one.. Zav of course another.
I've tried it, more than once.|
Posted by: tjalmy on Mar-31-14 9:06 PM (EST)
But not with a small kayak. A long boat like a QCC700 it's a breeze with the rudder down, or in a twisty mangrove tunnel with the rudder up. I've tried high end canoe paddles for fun, and it worked great, but I'd want a very short shaft. The one I use for mangrove explorations is one end of a POS four piece cheap paddle that someone gave me long ago. It's probably about 28" from end to end, and the length is just fine for the purpose. It's plastic and aluminum, but for what I'm using it for, I've no complaint.
If one paddles under mangroves or |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-31-14 11:38 PM (EST)
rhodedendrons, ability to use a shortish single blade can be a real asset. But as both a canoeist and a kayaker, I can't see single blading a kayak as being very efficient.