I have never kayaked before, I have always been an outboard motor guy. As a kid I would paddle the skiffs around my grandparents ponds fishing but that is the extent of my paddling expertise. As I get older I realize that the outboard motor, well the only excercise I'm getting is the pull to start the dang thing. I usually end up poling the boat to sneak up on fish.
The wife and I started Rving full time and it would be a bit hard to get my power boat in the RV so I decided I would build a coule kayaks so we could enjoy the water. I bought two plans from CLC one 10 ft wood duck and one 12 ft wood duck. I figured that they were beamy enough to be stable for a couple beginners.
I dont like buying anything I like to make what I use. I am a boat carpenter and I have a couplewooden push poles I had made and now want to turn them into double paddles. My question is the kayaks have a beam of 30 inches, my wife stands about 5ft 2 and I'm about 5 ft 9. I have read paddle lengths are around 220-240 cm which is about 6ft 9in would those be about correct lengths for us?
Any and All responses are welcome
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Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-01-14 11:30 AM (EST)
I would suggest building the boats and then taking them to a locale that rents kayaks and trying a couple of sizes of rental paddles. 240 cm is awfully long for anyone under 6' tall BUT if a kayak is beamy and deep in the cockpit, a shorter person may find that they need a longer than standard paddle, depending on their paddling style, to avoid banging knuckles on the deck. I'm a shortwaisted 5'5" and use a 213 cm paddle with most of my narrow boats (21" to 23"), but I have one that is 28" wide and deep in the hull where I find I need a 230 cm.
second everything Willowleaf said|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-01-14 12:11 PM (EST)
I second everything Willowleaf said. It is best to spend time in other people's boats and get knowledge from other people before dropping serious money on your own. Rent boats, take lessons, etc.
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Posted by: rival51 on Apr-01-14 9:48 PM (EST)
consider folders, too|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-02-14 10:41 AM (EST)
Another option you might want to look into, particularly for RV travel (which I also do) is folding kayaks. Look at the Pakboat line (I have owned two of them). Their 12' Puffin models are great basic kayaks, only weigh about 25 lbs, can be set up in 20 to 30 minutes and pack down into a duffel bag you can tuck in any motor home hatch or cabinet. They behave as well as similar dimension hardshell boats and due to the inflatable sponson tubes along the sides are very stable. In fact they are more forgiving in rough water than hard boats because they flex and ride over the waves instead of fighting them. They also make longer kayaks that can be converted from a solo to a tandem.