Paddle upgrade makes a big difference!
Posted by: bogmonkey on Oct-07-13 1:35 PM (EST)
I paddle a 10-foot SOT (WS Tarpon 100) rec boat, but I do a lot of pretty serious touring on it. Sure, I won't make any speed records on it, but that's not a concern.
My usual paddle on a Sunday morning might be 5-8 miles, sometimes with a lot of open water. I have been using my El Cheapo aluminum Cannon paddles for a year now and just got an Accent Lanai Carbon Select (retails at 160-180, but I found one for 127.00 online!)
CRIMINY! What a difference!! The water feel is like a Lexus compared to a beat-up 1987 Fiat. After 8 miles, my arms were WAY less toasted, my shoulders less tweaked, and my speed increased!
The old aluminum paddles (which came free with my Kayak) feel like a lead weight in comparison!
I told myself I'd upgrade once I'd paddled for a year...and now I wish I had not waited so long. If you are a rec boater who like to take extended paddles, don't be a doubter like I was.
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Posted by: andy on Oct-07-13 4:14 PM (EST)
your purchase has proven worthwhile. Sometimes you can buy improvement. In my case, working on technique has yielded the greatest benefits of speed and how less tired and sore I feel after time on the water. Keep paddling!
Posted by: bogmonkey on Oct-07-13 4:53 PM (EST)
If you have bad technique, you'll be having a rough time of it. I was lucky to have been trained by the best from day one, an old salt veteran who taught me so many tips and techniques for proper form and grip tension.
Posted by: ppine on Oct-07-13 7:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Oct-07-13 8:25 PM (EST)
Best advice I got as new paddler|
Posted by: morayreef on Oct-08-13 12:05 AM (EST)
Rent a lot, for your first boat, buy cheap and buy the most expensive paddle you can afford. I've been paddling for 10 years now, still have my first paddle, not the boat.
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Posted by: Kocho on Oct-08-13 10:39 AM (EST)
As a new paddler, just like one has no idea what boat is good, one does not know what paddle is good for them... Wing, GP, Euro, Aleut, single blade, hand paddles, bent/straight shaft, blade size, length, offset, blade shape, etc...
Posted by: Boyscout on Oct-09-13 2:50 PM (EST)
Posted by: bogmonkey on Oct-10-13 8:19 AM (EST)
Posted by: wavespinner on Oct-10-13 11:37 AM (EST)
A good paddle for the OP's short SOT likely would not be appropriate for evolving to a sea kayak or ww boat, so I wouldn't recommend a big investment.
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Posted by: mickjetblue on Oct-10-13 7:33 PM (EST)
as when I first used a carbon kayak paddle when in my canoe. I have taken ribbings for that already, so any more will be nothing new.
Getting rid of my aluminum paddle|
Posted by: string on Oct-11-13 5:55 PM (EST)
was the best thing I have ever done. I swear you could have split firewood with that thing, or dug holes. Boats have come and gone, but I love my CF paddles.
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Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Oct-17-13 10:30 AM (EST)
the only thing you'll ever need a wood or aluminum paddle for is when you're pushing off rocks!
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Oct-17-13 11:34 AM (EST)
I now have 5 carbon paddles. 3 wings, an ONNO feather paddle and a kids paddle that Pat made for me (has plastic blades though with carbon shaft).
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Posted by: spiritboat on Oct-17-13 10:56 PM (EST)
Your only means of propulsion.