I bought the Ladybug I was looking at last Saturday. Took it for a spin on Fish Creek near Saratoga Springs on Sunday using one of my 230 cm kayak paddles. I like the boat and want to get a proper canoe paddle for it but not sure what I should start with. I am a moderately competent flatwater tandem bow paddler but this is my first solo other than an hour spent in a borrowed Swift a couple of years ago.
I will be in Saratoga again in a few days and Mountain Man Outfitters there has at least a dozen models in all sizes of straight and bent paddles — I would be unlikely to find that variety back in Pittsburgh so I would like to buy one there this coming weekend (plus they have the 48 to 52” size range for my stubby 26” tail to nose height, and many on line retaikers do not.)
. What would you solo canoeistas suggest for a novice paddler for short flarwater day trips? I understand the bent paddles are more efficient but I would have to learn the technique. Any advice would be welcome.
Meanwhile, the coastal inlet kayaking up here in Maine has been wonderful with perfect weather. Celia has graciously shared her Vela and Romany with me —my own boats have not left the roof rack!