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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:31 am 
I recently purchased a Grand Narak and am looking to get a couple of paddles. I like the looks of the greenland style paddles, but I wonder if the loom needs to be longer than the beam of the boat, which is 29.5". Any recommendations on dimensions or brands?

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Greenland paddles may not work so well with this kayak. Try a few out first.

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This depends on your height and paddling style, and the style of paddles. Your style will change with experience, too. Go paddling with cheap paddles and you'll get an idea as to the length you need. Even sitting in the assembled boat in your back yard will give you some idea.

You could use a Greenland paddle, but it would have to be uncommonly long.


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I've used GPs as long as 260 cm witout difficulty, if that helps...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:24 pm 
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I will use as short as as 230 in a Folbot Greenland II but it isn't preferred (hit knuckes on star nuts) depending on how high I have setup my seating position. Sometimes I need a shorter paddle for maneuverability in flooded . I'm not sure how high the coaming is on a Grand Narak. I would think a GP won't provide they same level of control for a longer, wider double as a typical paddle would.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:20 am 
Thanks for the info everyone!


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For what it's worth, back when I was paddling it a lot, I used a 225 cm or so greenland style paddle in my RZ96 - a behemoth of a folding kayak 96cm wide. Worked fine, but was more satisfactory from the forward position.


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http://tremolopaddles.wcha.org/tremelop ... lcome.html

Check out this website. I listened to this fellow for half an hour then borrowed a Greenland paddle to try out.
I was amazed. It worked great. Caleb insists only a whitewater kayaker needs a wide paddle.
Narrow paddles don't fatigue you as much and he correctly points to the Canadian Voyageurs who all used narrow paddles.


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