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The paddle on the far right is a store bought 60" paddle. I have always hated the fact that I have a fairly wide wing span, but the paddle selection in stores is very limited. The paddles in the centre and on the left of the picture are paddles that I have just finished building specifically for my upcoming canoe trip approximately 1000 km down the South Saskatchewan River.
The largest of these two paddles is my easy going River Paddle. The overall length of this River Paddle is 208cm. The blade is 52cm to the shoulder, then a 26cm long taper (throat) to the shaft. I put on a flat grip to provide enough leverage to manipulate the large blade surface.
I built this medium sized paddle with the idea in mind that it will be my main paddle. It is 182 cm long. The blade is 45cm to the shoulder, and 21.5cm wide. The throat is 20cm long, with a shaft length of 117cm. I built a 10 x 12 grip, which feels comfortable in my hand.
The paddle (in the middle) that I had made for my main paddle did not live up to my expectations. I am going to get to work and build a new one right away with the improvements. First the grip needs to have a better angle on it. Second, the shaft diametre might be just a touch too wide. Third, the throat should have a longer taper. Fourth the blade was a little loud, so I will round the corners of the blade a bit more.
I will be posting a thorough review of the paddles' performance after my trip.