I am looking for a bit of advice paddle wise.
I used to be a high angle paddler, still am, having cut my teeth in the whitewater boats of the day.
However transitioning to touring boats, I tend to still start out high angle, but then wind up somewhere after about 2 hours of straight paddling somewhere between high angle and low angle.
My paddling cadence (and I can do this for about 9 hours.) is about 1 stroke a second, or 2 seconds to do a full left/right.
My paddle length is nominally a 228 cm, so I round this to 230 when you calculate for my height and boat.
So really I suppose my question is more related to blade size, since I think I should be getting a bit more speed out of my 17.5ft Tsunami.
With my current paddle (Accent Kuai Carbon.) I’m averaging about 4mph over the course of about 10 miles, following the wind, turning into the wind and crossing the wind. with wind speed around 15 to to 20mph. In addition I use about a 60 deg, feather.
Using a hull speed calculator, I should be closer to the theoretical maximum of about 6 mph.
So I guess the question becomes should I have a paddle with a larger blade surface area and keep my same rhythm, or look into something with a smaller surface area, and increase my rhythm speed.
My current blades have a rough 550 sq/cm area to them.
but whatever I look at should also be light weight as I routinely do 10+ mile excursions.