Originally Posted by stelz
No doubt. My Missoula buddy has some Sawyer V-lams he runs on his drift boat...those are super light.
When I got behind those sticks a few weeks ago, I realized immediately mine were too heavy. My smokers are old school and a bit heavier...but still lighter than the ones I made.
I'm thinning the wood in the blades down to 1/8" thick and researching some fiberglass/carbon wrap options.
I went for 3/16" edges/tips with glass wraps.
Spines are 1 5/8" at the neck tapering to 3/16" at the tip, and tapers from whatever the center of the spine is to 3/16" edges.
1/8" seems too thin. Not much distance between the glass/CF faces--and distance between those two shells is where your monococque strength comes from.
Do you epoxy flow coat your grips?
Yep, always have.
Have heard the arguments to keep them bare wood, but I'd rather deal with slick epoxy/varnish than with potential doug fir splinters.
I just tried hockey grip tape on my kayak paddle for cold weather paddling...it was awesome. Also added some grip wax, and the wax stuck better to the cotton than it ever did to my bare paddle shaft. I'm going to give it a try on my oar grips this spring.