Having just joined the ranks of canoe owner, I’m looking for a little help with a couple of items…actually many items, but I’m going to start here.
I’ll be paddling a Wenonah Solo plus, solo, mostly with my dog (The Boo). I am 6’2", 260. Strong paddler (kayak). He is nine, requires some supervision, and will be wearing doggie PFD.
- At 65-70 pounds, is it better to have The Boo in front or rear, or will the weight not be an issue?
- Having had some practice with the J stroke at Raystown, is there any exercise or anything I can do in the winter (don’t have a drysuit) to practice or work on the technique.
- The only single blade paddle I have is a made in Mississippi, straight, name escapes me at the moment, wooden paddle. For purchase, how do I size a paddle, what are the advantages of straight versus bent shaft, and what should I expect to pay for a quality paddle that will serve me well until technique is mastered? Should I jump into composite right away?
I’ve been paddling kayaks for three years, and plan to canoe mostly on lakes, moving water, and day tripping or camping excursions.