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New to the forum... and first question for the experts.

Discussion in 'Canoeing' started by fishfreek, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. fishfreek

    fishfreek New Member

    Howdy, new member here from central Florida. Been lurking for a while figured I would join the fun.

    I am having a new American Eagle 12' solo canoe built and looking for an appropriate double end paddle. I am 6' 2" and plan to build a canoe seat from the plans I ordered from Uncle John to use in this canoe. Any suggestions on length for a double paddle. Would a good kayak paddle be long enough? About the longest of those I find is 230 cm.

    Thanks for the help :D
  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    No experts on here; we just open kegs of nails and cans of sardines. (An "expert" can be defined as: ex = a has been. Spert = a drip under pressure)

    Try this site: http://www.wernerpaddles.com/fit_guide/
  3. fishfreek

    fishfreek New Member

    Jack, Thanks for the link. I was being nice and trying to butter some of you up with the use of EXPERT..... It doesn't go over very well if the new guy jumps in and says Howdy how are all the drips and dips today..... :lol:
  4. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    That was a funny and honest answer. Welcome to you.

    BEARS BUDDY Well-Known Member

    Please keep in mind a departed friend's definition of an expert--"An expert is an idiot more than 50 miles from home." I am an expert on the subject of experts. :mrgreen: :roll:
  6. bcwetcoast

    bcwetcoast Well-Known Member

    I always knew it as "An expert is someone who lives 50 miles away and has slides (I guess now that would be powerpoint).
  7. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    One of you double paddle guys still needs to answer his question.
  8. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

  9. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    Sorry Jack,
    Guess I missed that last line. :oops:
  10. fishfreek

    fishfreek New Member

    Thanks for the help. I found and ordered a 240 kayak paddle and will find out this week how well it works.
  11. ezwater

    ezwater Well-Known Member

    Probably you'll be fine with what you bought. But it depends on whether you sit high or low, or kneel, and the width of your boat, and the style of the blades on your paddle.

    I started out with a 96 inch (244 cm) Clement double blade, back in the 70s. The blades are short, about 20" long, curved, and symmetrical. I've always used it kneeling. I'm quite tall. The paddle works very well for canoes with beam around 30 inches, and a high angle paddling style. High angle means that during the paddle stroke, the shaft of the paddle is 45 degrees to the water, or steeper.

    Later I bought a 240 cm Werner Camano, a well-regarded sea kayak design. But I didn't realize that the Camano is designed for low-angle paddling. The blades are long and narrow and asymmetrical. When I'm kneeling in my canoes, I can't use the low-angle paddling style (which I think is for sissies anyway) and with high-angle style, it's hard to get the entire Camano blade in the water, and it doesn't behave properly anyway.

    If you have the money, Shaw & Tenney in New England makes a beautiful long canoe double blade. They'll make it for you in sassafrass, which is light and tough.
  12. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    There's actually a pretty good reason for paddling low angle - actually, two of them. Whenever you paddle with your elbows above your shoulders, you increase the chance of dislocating a shoulder. Not only does that hurt a lot, it's tough to reduce the injury by yourself. And, it's tough to paddle back home with that sore shoulder. And, once dislocated, it dislocates a bit easier the next time.

    Just a thought.

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