What size canoe paddle is right for me?

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 standard canoe paddle length?

A straight canoe paddle should be between 52″ and 60″ long. A bent-shaft canoe paddle should be between 48″ in 52″ long because of their shorter and wider blades. The most common canoe paddles are 57″, 60″, and 54″ long. Canoe paddles are usually available in length increments of 3 or 2 inches.

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.

What are short canoe paddles used for?

River/Whitewater Canoe Paddles

Designed with shorter, wider and stiffer blades. These paddles respond to the quick power maneuvers required when paddling fast water and whitewater conditions of rivers and streams. Blade styles include; beavertail, Sugar-island, and whitewater.

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What kind of wood are canoe paddles made of?

Hardwoods such as ash, walnut, cherry, maple provide stiffness and strength and durability, while softwoods such as cedar, fir, pine, basswood offer lightweight and flex. There’s no prescribed or universal formula to building a laminated paddle. Makers will often use locally available woods.

How do you measure SUP paddle length?

measure the paddle based on having your fist at the same level as your shoulder with the blade under the board and the paddle shaft straight down from your extended arms. You can even go a little shorter than that, with your hand down an inch or so below the level of your shoulder.

What size whitewater paddle do I need?

Paddles are conventionally measured in centimetres. In general, a paddle 196-200 cm in length is good for paddlers between 5’8″ and 6’1″. For paddlers between 5’3″ and 5’8″, a paddle 192-196 cm in length should work great. For paddlers taller than 6’1″, a paddle between 200 and 204 cm’s will be of ample length.