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Paddles...to $pend or not to $pend. That is the question.
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You can also read on their site about the designed purpose and benefits of the used paddles your friend has and whether they would be a good fit for what you do.
-hope this helps
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 05:12 PM
I have used a cheap Carlisle Day Tripper since I got my "new to me" U14.5. It has an aluminum shaft and was really heavy. I usually paddle 5-6 miles per fishing trip and after a day on the water with that, my arms were gassed. I upgraded to an Aquabound Manta Ray Carbon. The difference is like night and day. Not only do I get a better start and my cruising speed is faster, it's like paddling with a feather.
The way I figure it, there are about 1000 paddles per mile, the carlisle weighed about 40 oz (2.5 lbs) so...
1000x2.5 lbs = 2500 lbs of paddling per mile
Aquabound carbon weighs 28.5 oz (1.84xx lbs) 1000x1.84 lbs = 1840 lbs per mile.
It doesn't seem like much, but it adds up
Posted 16 November 2014 - 10:46 AM
By way of an update which may be of interest to folks who paddle similar boats in similar uses, we did a good amount of testing and trying out and ended up getting a 210 cm Werner Shuna for my wife. She has a more vetrical natual stroke and the Shuna offered a really nice ,light stroke weight and the Azul Wave blade even matched her Blue Lagoon MR 12! Late summer, I watched my 230 cm Aqua Bound Manta Ray carbon float down the river while I was in the middle of a rescue ..next time I'll remember a paddle leash. DOH! In the meantime, a paddling and fishing friend enlightended me on the zen of no-shuttle kayaking / fishing on the river..paddle upstream and eddy out behind boulders while casting to holes. My wife and I started doing a lot of this - its a great workout, a lot of fun, and its a great way to learn how to read the river. It is also requires some serious digging with a paddle , frequently in rather shallow water amidst ledges and boulders, so it was hard on the tips of my 230 cm carbon paddle blades.
When I had to replace the AB Manta Ray, I emailed the tech and support people at Werner and Aqua Bound and ended up with a 220 cm Werner Corryvecken, essentially the same shaft length and blade shape as my wife's Shuna, but the blades are a bit longer and wider.(Ironically, the Corryvecken has orange fiberglass blades, which match my Mango MR11, so I cant make fun of my wife's stylish combo.) The bigger blade has been great, especially pushing the somewhat squat MR11 upriver into sluices, and gives good power strokes for bracing and eddying . But there's no getting around the fact that Aqua Bound's Posi-Lok ferrule is more user-friendly and the Manta Ray is a great paddle, so I'm planning on getting another Aquabound Manta Ray for flat waters and down-river fishing trips, but with the hybrid blade suggested by Aqua Bound's technical staff.
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