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Old 07-22-2008   #1
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Canoe paddle length

Just started paddling a open boat and got a buddys paddle to use. Every time i side surf with my off side down stream i cant reach the water and end up getting window shaded or just falling over. How can i fugure out the lenght of the paddle i need??

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Old 07-22-2008   #2
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Posts: 12 - C1 B1! has alot of discussions, plenty of info. What lenght are you using, how tall are you, how long are your arms? lots of things can affect what lenght fits. Playboating only? shallow creeks?
I'm 5'9" and like 56"- 60" paddles for my open boats and 54"-56" for my decked boats depending on what I'm paddling
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Old 07-22-2008   #3
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paddle length

i was always taught to hold a paddle at the t grip and about 6 to 8 inches up from the blade. the correct paddle length will give your elbows a 90 angle when your arms are out reached. it does depend on the craft though. i paddle a 62 in my solo open boat but a 60 in my decked c-1. is a great place to start though.
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