CM vs FT

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okidokizzz

CM vs FT

Post by okidokizzz »

I will make it short and sweet :( how many cm is 8'? ...also Iam 5'9", 180lbs ,just ordered a LH Mark2 ,.it was suggested to me to use a 8' graphic bent shaft paddle ANY comments would really be appreaciated. I will be paddling with my son who is a little larger than me allmost 6', 200lbs. and sometimes solo by myself. :?

dhup

Re: CM vs FT

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The short and not so sweet reply is 243.84 cm. The length of your paddle depends on the width of your boat and your paddling style. In a LH II the beam is wide and you will probably use a relativly flat stroke which points to a long paddle, usually 240 cm. Paddles can be very graphic but that adds little to the efficiency of your stroke. Graphite, which is what I think you meant, adds much to the cost of the paddle and shaves a few ounces. It's worth it if you do long trips. Bent shafts are a matter of taste. I prefer them but use both styles. As for going solo by yourself, have you figured out some other way to go solo?

Alm

Re: CM vs FT

Post by Alm »

1'=12".
1" = 2.54 cm.
So - yes, 8ft is a little over 240 cm, and this sounds about right for MKII from the center position, though nobody usually measures paddles in ft - I donno why Mark does. Also, very few enthusiasts paddle big wide boats like MKII solo.
As for going solo by yourself, have you figured out some other way to go solo?
Good point, 'cause doing it in MKII isn't the best way. A better way is getting a single boat, or a motor, or a sail (a single boat makes more sense to me if trip length/payload allows).

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Re: CM vs FT

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240cm is way too long. That length encourage bad form and puts you at risk for shoulder injuries.
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Bad form (or, rather, a low-angle stroke) is inevitable consequence of paddling a very wide boat solo - you have to have a long paddle for it, unless you're very tall or sitting very high.

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