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Expedition paddle length

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:07 pm
by itscindy
I am looking for a new paddle for my spare expedition. I would like it to be an all purpose paddle for my spare boat, suitable for the for varying sizes of my guests. I don't want my friends to have to suffer with the cheap aluminum shaft paddle that I received with this used boat.

I use a 230cm Werner Kalliste bent shaft paddle myself - bought it used for a fraction of the price! I am about to order a new paddle online for under $200 (looking at an Aqua Bound Manta Ray) but I'm unsure if I should get a 230 or 240cm due to the 32" wide beam of the kayak.

I am 5'6" and guests vary from this height to 6'. Advice?? Recommended paddles?

Thanks in"advance" :lol:

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:28 am
by JCOOLEY
Best is 230cm-240cm. Anywhere in that range will work. The majority of Advanced Elements paddles are about 230cm.

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:21 pm
by FrankP
My wife and I have and AE Convertible. I use a 240 Werner Skagit carbon fiber shaft w/ plastic blade and I just bought her a 230 Werner Camano w/carbon fiber shaft & Fiberglass blade for $275. She is 5ft 6 in and had a problem with catching her fingernails on the deck when she paddled. I took it back to REI and got a 240 size in the same model. Now she has no trouble with catching her fingernails. I am 6 ft and the 230 was way to short for me. I have not tried her paddle but it sure is lighter.