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      Do you use a different paddle when soloing?     

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OCDave
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09/13/2018 07:28AM  
My first canoe was s Northwind Solo. With that purchase I picked up a Bending Branches Expedition Plus on the recommendation of the canoe salesperson, I started with a 54", then found I had more control with a 56" then I fell down a rabbit hole. I now have a collection of 60-64" solid wood paddles from Ontario that I love to use when paddling solo.

I recently added a tandem canoe to the household. My spouse in inexperienced, as am I with respect to tandem paddling, so I am unsure if my inability to match her cadence is a functon of newness or if I will need to abandon my Fishell and Badger paddles when sharing a canoe.

Do you choose a different paddle for tandem paddling?

 
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09/13/2018 08:30AM  
I use the same paddle for solo and tandem. If I were to do different styles or types of paddling (whitewater vs flatwater tripping for example), then I would choose differently.
 
GraniteCliffs
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09/13/2018 02:13PM  
Same old paddle for solo or tandem
 
09/13/2018 03:59PM  
No but I may chose a different paddle based on am I on a fishing trip vs a long distance paddle trip.

Main thing is that in a tandem, both paddlers use the same weight paddles to help with cadence timing. If one uses a wood club and the other a carbon rocket, cadence will be hard to match.

Of course, different people use different effort levels and length of strokes. If this is the problem, than you just have to agree on how the two should paddle.
 
jhb8426
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09/14/2018 03:02PM  
I like a shorter paddle for solo than tandem, primarily because I sit lower in my solo. In my case the difference is 2-3 inches.
 
OCDave
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09/15/2018 08:31PM  
BeaV: "...

Main thing is that in a tandem, both paddlers use the same weight paddles to help with cadence timing. If one uses a wood club and the other a carbon rocket, cadence will be hard to match.


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This makes sense to me.

Thanks
 
09/15/2018 10:46PM  
Same one(s) for me. I do have a kayak paddle that I'll putz around with while solo, but I prefer a traditional one.
 
Tomcat
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10/24/2018 07:51PM  
Same paddle, same canoe, different position.
 
Chicagored
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10/28/2018 08:38AM  
I prefer a kayak paddle with my solo, and use a longer paddle than would otherwise be recommended for me.
 
bwcasolo
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10/28/2018 10:17AM  
yes, seat height's are different from my prism, to my b waters tandem, to my mad river tandem. the tandems use the same paddle length. prism a bit shorter, with a seven degree bend. it is a sanborn and a real beaut!
 
10/29/2018 02:00PM  
I don't really mind what my partners cadence or the side they paddle. I usually just paddle on the right and adjust my stroke to the wind and/or my partners push or pull.
 
Whatsit
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10/31/2018 06:17PM  
My last solo I took a bent shaft, otter tail and If there might ever be any trouble I keep a folded kayak paddle in the canoe
 
Ajoutdoors
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11/02/2018 08:00PM  
I use a 280 cm kayak paddle. It works great. FYI. Most stores longest paddles are around 240 cm. You get a lot of water in the canoe with one that size, no water with a 280.
 
EddyTurn
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11/06/2018 08:22PM  
In solo canoe 80 to 90% of the time I use sit and switch technique an accordingly a short bent shaft paddle.
 
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