Originally Posted by TakemetotheRiver
Not to start an argument about paddle guiding but maybe to clarify (I paddle guided a long time before learning to row).
In bigger water like Westy, you do want full speed ahead paddle power since forward momentum is your best friend.
CM- you are probably thinking about much lower volume rivers where finesse is far more important than power.
This is my strategy for sure. I want as much momentum as possible. Especially since pretty much the weight in the boat is the paddlers themselves, plus the beer and shitter. Steering is certainly not a problem.
We try to paddle pretty much ever one day trip we do through Westy, gives it a little more spice. We paddled at 16,600 this year and which was a little wild, but extremely fun. But more times than not we end up rowing because half the crew bails the night before. The one thing that sucks about it is the upstream wind on the float out and getting the crew to put down their beer and paddle. Hence the motor.