When I used to paddle (over twenty years ago, Tupperware), I used a West Greenland style also had an asymmetrical paddle, they don't splash if used with the proper technique.I know I will get in trouble for saying this ....BUT.
With a kayak paddle you do have more paddle in the water but the part that is out is something to see. Watching kayakers out on the water , the 1st thing I see in the distance is a windmill coming at me then as they get closer I can tell it is someone with a kayak paddle.
Paddling along with them that is one noisy dam paddle it splashes everytime it is put in the water and there is no way to just slip along nice and quiet , especially if you do not want to be noticed or scare any really spooky wildlife. I really don't think a person using one could slip up on a blind and deaf person much less a road killed armadillo some buzzard dropped by the river.
My guess is that is OK since when you put two kayakers together there chatter covers those splashes from the paddles so there is no reason to be quiet or to use a quiet paddle.
As I said , I will get into trouble for posting this but the three of us .... I , Me and especially Myself like to ease down or up a river and see how quiet we can be. The rewards are great since there is a lot of wildlife and stuff to see ..... even at times some females sunbathing in there birthday suits at the rivers edge while having a snack and enjoying the river , shame on them , how disgusting while there boy friends ( if there are any ) are out of sight. :roll:
OK ... All you with the dirty minds out there ...I am talking about Doe Deer down at the river for a drink or some nice river vegetation to munch on as a snack. ( Dam , Ya have to explain everything on here )
The goal that I have set is extremely critical, IT HAS TO FLOAT!Looking forward to build another boat in 2012. Not sure where to start, but will take a look back at my goals, and how they may have changed. Also looking at things I have learned, and "what works/what don't" from my past builds. None were disapointing but, none completly met all the goals I had in mind, or they could have been built better. That is a not a bad thing, because I get to keep trying.
A boat build does not have to meet any goals. It can be built just because you like it and want too. That boat for me will be a lapstrake one day. I like the way they look.
My last boat is a great fishing boat.
After using it, if I were to do it over I would address the turbulance issue caused by it having a square transom. I would give up it's perfect fit in my truck and add two feet to the floor and give it a pointed stern.
What would you like to build in 2012 and why?
What would you change, or improve about your boat?