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Old 07-02-2014   #1
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Cataract Guide Paddle

Cataract Oars Navigator Guide Paddle:Amazon:Sports & Outdoors

Hope the link works. It's also on

I'm wondering if any raft guides have one of these. This year's high water left me wanting a lightweight guide stick with a big blade. The Carlisle guide paddle is too much - too heavy and too big, wooden paddles are expensive and heavy, and the Werner is light, but has a fairly small blade.

Considering ordering one, but would love input. I've rowed their oars and like them, but have never heard of this paddle..

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Old 07-02-2014   #2
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Raft guides? Can they afford the internet to even get on a forum? :laughing:

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Old 07-02-2014   #3
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They are awesome paddles while they last. They do break, we've broken 3 over the years. Cataract was no help as they said they didn't make them anymore. I'm not saying anything bad about Cataract as I've had great customer service regarding their oars.

Werners are great for all water levels, though their blades are a tad smaller. Sawyer's are even better for high water but too much at low flows.
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Old 07-02-2014   #4
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I have used the Werner Guide stick for going on 10 years now. The blade has ample surface area to move a 16ft boat with 8-9 fatties just fine.

If you want a big blade just buy a Norse...
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Old 07-02-2014   #5
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I've used the Werner for years. I want a bigger blade, but minimal extra weight.

I have a Iliad paddle blade. Anyone know where I can buy a carbon or glass shaft with T grip?
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