What type of canoe paddle should I buy?

How do you pick a canoe paddle shape?


  1. A longer blade will maintain “bite” in a chop.
  2. A narrower blade is quieter and will enter and exit the water with less turbulence.
  3. A broad blade is more powerful and will be better suited for moving water.
  4. A broad blade, surface area being equal, will be better suited for shallow water.

What is the difference between canoe paddles?

A longer paddle is best if you’re going to be paddling somewhere that you can take long, powerful strokes and you don’t need to maneuver quickly – think quiet lakes or ocean inlets. Shorter paddles, on the other hand, let you steer really well and are great for whitewater canoeing or rocky stretches.

What is the best length for a canoe?

Length. Canoes in the 16 foot to 17 foot range are among the most popular. They offer a great combination of speed, manageability and carrying capacity. Longer canoes, once you get them up to speed, are easier to paddle over long distances.

Do Carlisle paddles float?

With all that said, the shafts are intended to float for a short while. In turbulent water, I have seen that to be less than a minute.

How long should my paddle be?

The general convention for determining the correct paddle size is to take the rider’s height and add 9-10 inches. If you’re 5’11” ideally you should get a paddle about 80-81 inches, or 6 feet 8 or 9 inches. This is the recommendation for the average user.

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