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||Posted: Aug. 09 2005,17:54
(Capn's Note: the following is a reprint from Mr. Scupper Pro Frank, who quite correctly caught my brain fart, in which I referred to all lengths in the 100's rather than, duh, the 200's. Thank you Mr. Pro, Sir!)
JIM, WE'RE PADDLING KAYAKS HERE, FRIEND, NOT CANOES!
We started out with a pair of Caviness double-ended 4-piece ~ 235 cm "oars" we got as part of our original Malibu II beginners package from Waterplay nearly 10 years ago.
These do NOT count... LOL!
I started out with a 240 cm Aquabound Seclude tourer. It's now the giant of our stable.
Sally then got a big power-bladed Cannon spoon at around 235cm. It's now our second-biggest "regular"/"real" paddle.
I picked up a Werner tourer at around 225 cm when I got the Perception Eclipse package of boat, paddle, PFD, farmer john, booties, and dry bag.
We got Sally's Bending Braches neoprene padded crank at around 220 or 223 as the latest paddle in our quiver.
Notice a pattern here...???
1) They're getting progressively shorter...
2) They're all still LONGER than Jim's longest example...
Now I still will use the old Aquabound in part because I paddle the S-Pro, and occasionally, the Scrambler XT, and they're wide; inpart because I'm tall-torsoed; in part because I'm long-armed; in part because I'm strong; in part because except for when I'm digging in to build speed, I really seem to have a more horizintal paddling style; and in part because I seem to have a slower natural paddling cadence than most.
But I find myself gravitating to the Werner, and even Sally's shorter BB, when I'm in my Eclipse or Sally's Tracer SINKs.
It's a toss-up when I'm in the Isthmus -the shorter paddles like the Werner and the BB should be better for the narrow 21" beam of the I, but the longer, heavier A-Bound actually tends to "work" better for me: think of the Wallendas and their poles... ROTFL!!!
But the trend is readily apparent nonetheless -we seem to be tending towards more vertical paddling styles with shorter paddles, or vice-versa, more or less.
But none are anywhere as short as your longest offerring, Jim...!!!
And contrary to your selections offered, I'll always chose a MUCH longer unit to
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