Capefear don’t get me wrong I’m not blaming the equipment at all. The store I bought the equipment from is a paddle sport store and the owner is a avid paddler. He also came very highly recommended so I feel he set me up properly. It’s all me causing me to hit the boat. When using the longer paddle I didn’t have the same issues until trying to do a u turn in a cove. Other than that I couldn’t tell a difference except for maybe a little top speed but I don’t care about that. I have only been on the water so I still have a lot to learn. That’s why I asked the question here for people to help guide me and fix my mistakes. Even picked up a paddle holder to keep the other one the boat to try both to make sure it’s just me causing my issues.
Rstevens15 I didn’t think the length of the paddle was causing my issues. Open water i felt like it made little difference but for the better. I was just more curious about if the paddle shape made a big difference in turning in a cove. I am fine in open water but I will definitely try to remember the thing about leaning into the turn. Didn’t think of that but it makes perfect sense. When I’m in the cove I will definitely try that to see if it helps. Just one more thing I learned today.