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Crash seeks advice

Postby McGreevey » Wed May 11, 2005 4:40 pm

Our new paddler friend Robbie is taking Charlene's class and seeks advice regarding the purchase of a sprayskirt and a paddle.....anyone have some advice.....

My advice on a paddle is to spend some money........I paddled with a crappy aluminum shaft paddle for about 18 months.....it sucked, it was heavy and it wore on my joints during long paddling days.........you can demo paddles at the NOC.....I can let you borrow my aluminum shaft until the class trip on the 11th. Also, if you look at boatertalk.com, there are often used paddles for sale.......I really like my Werner 197cm carbon bent shaft player........often times folks are pretty sold on their particular model....there is alot of personal preference that goes into paddle selection.

Spray skirt......just make sure it fits your boat........I had a bungee cord type skirt for a while and I like my mountain surf with a fixed rim rather than the bungee cord.

Sorry for all this "kayak talk".

Other thoughts folks?

sean
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Postby bigtime » Wed May 11, 2005 4:52 pm

Go ahead and get a good paddle. If you can afford a Werner, buy a Werner. The length will depend on the paddler's size. I'm 5'10" and use a 197cm, but could use a 194 or maybe even smaller.

As for a sprayskirt, I would recommend Mountain Surf or Immersion Research. Both are good quality skirts and if you have any problems they both have excellent customer service. They're not cheap either, but if you can find the bucks, it's worth it.

If not, just get what you can afford!

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Postby Ontime » Wed May 11, 2005 4:56 pm

Paddle: 45 degree Fiberglass. Don't waste your money on Carbon Fiber. Don't waste your money on bent shafts unless you have wrist problems. Bent shaft thing is just my preference. I really think anything more than cheap fiberglass is a big mistake. Beginners usually lose or break paddles. Some more than others. SO again. 45 degree fiberglass.

Skirt: I have had a few. Best luck with mountain surf. I have 2 of them. Shread ready is great for a while. then it will start leaking. My Harmony skirt started seaping water then the tunnel ripped. Those are the only Skirts I know anything about.
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Postby Ontime » Wed May 11, 2005 4:59 pm

And another thing:

Don't waste money on a Carbon Fiber paddle.
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Postby Ontime » Wed May 11, 2005 5:01 pm

45 degree fiberglass
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Postby neilix » Wed May 11, 2005 5:38 pm

FORTY FIVE ? YOUR'E JOKING RIGHT ? GLASS FOR A NEWBIE , OK , BUT FORTY FIVE ? WHAT'S EVEYONE ELSE USING THAT ISN'T STUCK IN THE JURASSIC ERA ? I GOTS A THIRTY. DANG. :)
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Postby neilix » Wed May 11, 2005 5:40 pm

AND ANOTHER THING, IT'S ALL CARBON , WITH A BENT SHAFT. :shock:
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Dont listen to Curt....

Postby Rodeo Star » Wed May 11, 2005 5:42 pm

Carbon rocks. Anyone who's sat in an eddy next to curt's "fiberglass death blade" learns this the hard way (i've still got fiberglass shards in my arm)

I'd suggest going with less feather than 45, i'd highly recommend getting a 30 degree.
Also dont go too long....most shops are going to try to sell you that 220cm they have had sitting there for 10 years.

I love my Aquabound. I have the Shred
They are really affordable, i think around 100 bucks or less for the carbon injected blade/carbon shaft model. The blades wear down rather than splinter.

http://www.aquabound.com/

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Postby neilix » Wed May 11, 2005 5:46 pm

DEATHBLADE. COMMING THIS SUMMER TO AN EDDY IN YOUR TOWN
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Postby redneckjedi » Wed May 11, 2005 9:01 pm

Robbie - I started with a Werner straight shaft player paddle without really testing out many others. I have paddled around a few times with an aluminum blade and agree with Sean in that they can wear you out. Bent shafts don't seem to feel that much different to me. Go with something better than aluminum. Check ebay for Werner and others - you can get a good deal sometimes, but be careful on how much you bid I've seen some people pay more than retail for a used paddle. idiots.

Oh, and if you are looking for custom made hand paddles in your choice of colors may I recommend RNJ Propulsion coming to a dealer (me) near you this summer. :wink:
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Postby RMartz » Wed May 11, 2005 9:35 pm

I have a 'glass 197 AT paddle. $50 and she could be yours. I just upgraded to bent to avoid wrist blow out.

Rob :D
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Postby crash » Thu May 12, 2005 7:31 am

Holy &%$# :!: Who knew that one small question would prompt so much input/advise. Thanks to ALL and sorry for requesting actual kayaking talk!

So it seems that paddles must be very much a personal preference item...

Sean, if you are willing, I would definitely like to borrow your aluminum paddle just until I can get one so that I can start practicing.

THANKS AGAIN
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dude....

Postby McGreevey » Thu May 12, 2005 8:23 am

buy rob's (rmartz) paddle.......you won't get a better deal than that.......if you don't I got dibs..........you heard it first hear

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Postby McGreevey » Thu May 12, 2005 8:24 am

OK......I meant here......bite me
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Postby redneckjedi » Thu May 12, 2005 8:39 am

The mind is a terrible thing to waste on a PhD candidate :lol:

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