240 cm I think

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240 cm I think

Post by ridenfish » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:27 am

Hi, we just purchased a AE AdvancedFrame convertible tandem and need paddles. Lots of info here. I am 6' tall and will paddle from the rear seat as well as some solo paddling (maybe fishing?). From what I gather, I need at least a 230 cm paddle and probably a 240 cm. I think a 4 piece would be more practical since we will break it down and carry it in our trailer. I was looking at the AE2015 but it is 231cm. Perhaps that is too short?
I like the idea of a paddle with some feathering adjustment but for a first paddle I want to stay ~$100 or less.
My wife is 5'3" and will not use it solo, so paddle advice there is encouraged too.

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Post by dexstrom » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:34 pm

Welcome to the forum and AE. I also have a convertible and our paddles are Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Four-Piece, 240cm, bought at REI during one of their annual membership 20% off sales. They were $90 and well worth it, the four piece makes them easy to stow when traveling in our trailer.

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Post by rlpugh1 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:03 am

Welcome to the forum. My wife and I have the Convertible and use AE2015's with it. My wife is the same height as yours and I'm 5'11" and the paddles work great for us. 230cm is the recommended size by AE which is why all of their paddles are at least 230. If you want a little more length, you could always look into the Orbit paddle AE2051.

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Post by PJohanson » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:03 pm

I am shorter than your wife and I use paddles of any length, from 240 cm down to whitewater and youth paddles, depending on whether I am paddling a sea kayak or one of the AE inflatables. A 231 cm paddle should be fine.
The main thing that will help your wife and you both is a short lesson with the local kayaking association or outdoor sports store. The major difference between paddling a Convertible and paddling a hardshell sea kayak is that in a sea kayak your stroke is long and strong, while in a Convertible it will be shorter and gentler.
Your wife might find a youth paddle (narrower shaft) more comfortable to grip if she has small hands. If she gets blisters, she could try wearing gardening gloves -- that works for me and my friends. Or you might slip two pieces of pipe insulation onto her paddle to make cushioned grips.

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