I didn't know any one used a double paddle in pirogues until about 10 years ago! But I have been converted (partially) I now carry a "kayak" paddle in case I need to go a long way without fishing. I often fish with a 10 foot pole in one hand an a 30" paddle in the other. It really is "different strokes for different folks"I think oldbuffpilot has posted about using two short paddles in his boats. This is/was a common practice around the Lake Bistineau area. When not paddling they could be stored one on each gunnel with in easy reach. One could be chosen for corrective strokes or both used at the same time to move forward. I have a pair I made a couple years ago.
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Have not tried them, mainly because I like the double paddle for my use. Paddles are like boats. Hard to find one design that will perform all expectations well.
On open water when the weather is that bad the smartest thing to do is to get off the water and wait till things improve. Reminds me of two trips.On Lake Mijinemungshing in Ontario, a buddy, a more experienced paddler than I, was trying to paddle his canoe with a single, beaver tail paddle. But the wind just pushed him around. My boat was under control and making headway in our chosen direction. He simply could not exert sufficient force upon the water to control his boat. We were forced to camp in a different place than planned, just because of it.
Sorry for the confusion. The Greenland paddle is only 3.5" wide. I was asking about the other kind of double paddles. "Euro" I guess. Mine came from Academy Sports. Not sure if it was made in "Europe".JD, are you describing your Inuit paddle? Or, a Euro paddle? 7.5" is a pretty wide blade for an Inuit paddle, and a bit narrow for a Euro paddle.