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Old 02-09-2010   #1
 
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Paddle Size

Hey guys, I'm getting a new boat (Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120) and I need some suggestions on paddle size.

Here are the specs on the boat:

Length: 12' 3" / 373 cm
Width: 30" / 76 cm
Max Capacity: 350 lbs. / 159 kg
Deck Height: 13.75" / 35 cm
Weight: 70 lbs. / 32 kg
Cockpit Length: 52" / 132 cm
Cockpit Width: 20" / 51 cm

I myself am about 6 feet tall if that helps.

I thought about getting a 230mm but I'm somewhat new to paddle sizes, so what do you guys recommend?

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Sorry, made a typo, that should say 230cm paddle, not mm.
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get somthin really long with them round dealies on the shaft that keep water from gettin on your hands
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Old 02-09-2010   #4
 
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Is it better to have a longer paddle than a shorter one? I've read online about a sizing chart based on the size of my boat and my height.

The thing is it says for my height a 230cm paddle will work, but for my boat a 240.

So is it safe to get a paddle that's a tad too long?
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Most people here are paddling whitewater boats and rivers, the paddles are different from touring paddles.

Whitewater paddles are generally shorter and with bigger blades. They are made for quick powerful strokes whereas touring paddles are longer with thinner blades for slower more efficient strokes.

Try out both sizes and see which one works for you. 10 cm may not seem like a lot but after a few miles, it can make quite a difference.

my gut tells me 230 will be enough but I don't paddle rec boats that often.
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my gut also says that 230 will be fine. It's a sit on top rec boat, so I'm guessing you aren't incredibly worried about efficiency over long distance/through swells.

I would suggest that you go to a shop and grab one of their touring paddles in about the right size. Hold the paddle over your head and square your elbows and wrists. Your hands should naturally sit on the paddles grips in that position, you shouldn't have to push anything out of square to be able to hold the most comfortable part of the grips.
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get somthin really long with them round dealies on the shaft that keep water from gettin on your hands
I always wondered what those things were for.
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