Scupper Pro Frank
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Joined: Feb. 2004
||Posted: Aug. 14 2005,19:51
JIM-ONLY ONE OF OUR 6 PADDLES HAS GRIPS
All -ALL! -the others don't! What do I do about the rest of them?
And the grips on the only one we DO have grips on are round cross-sectionally, and longitudinally bent -and they will be round, for whatever shaft I put them on, untill I put them on the shaft, at which point they will assume the both the cross- and longitudinla section of the shaft upon which they are placed.
But I must admit -I have yet to see an oval paddle -or a round one, for that matter... Now, you must agree that either round OR oval, they'd be pretty dang inefficient, doncha think! I mean, where thje heck could you get a hold of one of them things? Unless they were small -the equvalents' size-wise, of a hand-held GP.
Me? I prefer mine more or less kinda old-fashioned dumbell-shaped in profile, sort of sticks with blades on the end, right? Know what I mean -right? I bet you do too -hey, Cap'n, I've seen your paddles, and that's what they sure look like to me! And that sticks-and-blades shape seems to more or less the norm for kayak paddles.
Now here it gets interesting -see, the shafts can be either round or oval! Well, I suppose they could also be square, or dodecehedral for all I know, but oval and round seem to be more or less the norm for shafts.
Now we have a mixture of paddles at our place, and two are POS Caviness Al & plastic flat-bladed double-ended "oars" that don't count and that I keep around only because they're backups and if we somehow get the whole fleet on the water at one time and we need to match a paddle for every boat theres something for everyone. That, and I'm too cheap to buy better paddles for an unlikely event...
And of those, two are round-shafted, and tow are oval-shafted. Sally's big Canon spoon and her Bending BRanches crank are round; my old Aquabound Seaclude and my Werner Mid-Tour are oval-shafted.
I've been paddling RH feathered for quite a while now, and the ovals are OK. No problem with the left hand. But I'm intrigued by the idea of the LH section being round, tho', and I wonder how common, or un, that approach is...?
Now Sally doesn't feather, and might be better off with an oval shaft on her Canon spoon. But round is definitely the way to go for her Bending Branches crank, as there's no question of hand position, and round falls on the palm quite comfortably there. Hers is the only paddle we have that has grips -and they're qute comfortable soft short -10" perhaps? -sections of what appears to be neoprene. It really does make a difference -I should see about finding some grips for for most of our paddles.
One good thing I in particluar gain from grips that I don't from a bare shaft is equidistant placement of my hands along the length of the shaft. For some reason, I'll gradually shift the paddle in my grip and I'll find myself paddling assymetrically somewhere down along the line... Strange, but what can I say? It happens, and happens consistently. I've taken duct tape and bult up small raised grips that are not for comfort but to let me know by feel where my hands should be on my big 240 cm Aquabound Seaclude.
So that's the story on grips vs. shafts.
And now that you know, get a grip -on your shaft, and MAYBE a grip on a grip that's ON your shaft -whether round, oval, or both, with blades straight, or feathered, and
Scupper Pro Frank