Summersong solo canoe? The Summersong is 23" at the outer edge of the gunwales. I’m 5’6". I may also use the paddle with my Mad River Slipper solo canoe, which is 27" at the gunwales.
I primarily use a single blade bent shaft canoe paddle in both boats.
Here are some reasons for my interest in using a DBCP or other double blade paddle in the above canoes:
- To go faster than I can with a single blade paddle to keep up with Bruce and Cooldoctor1 in their Prijon Calabrias, if that is possible with me in the Summersong. I had diffuculty keeping up with them in my Old Town Castine.
- I’m considering paddling the Summersong in the 2006 Great River Rumble on the Wisconsin River and the Mississippi River and my concern would be similar to #1, but I’d be trying to keep up with tandem canoes, solo kayaks (most of which are probably sea kayaks) and maybe a few other solo canoes. Sometimes the pace is fast. Most of the time the current is slow, somtimes very slow. Sometimes the headwinds can be very strong. My Summersong has a rudder to help with the strong winds.
The trip will cover 138 miles in 7 days.
- Paddling in strong winds when I want to make good time (actually, nearly all time spent in a solo canoe is good time) and I’m not achieving the speed I want with the singele blade.
- Change of pace and muscle usage on long trips to rest the single blade muscles.
Keep in mind that I’ve only been paddling solo canoes for a little over two years and have only had the Summersong since last June.
I would mostly use the double blade for open water and in strong winds.
My Bending Brances Infusion worked pretty well when set to 230cm, but water dripped in the boat. I am considering rigging some sort of spray deck to redirect the drips out of the boat, but I havn’t started that project yet.
Other postings have suggested the Mohawk DBCP as a pretty good paddle for most canoeing situations and most posters seem to prefer the 108" (I think that’s about 275cm)length. I think that I have a couple 8’ paddles, a Carlisle and a Rogue River which I haven’t used for a while. I can try them for that length to check for paddle drips. My recollection is that they still get drips in the canoe, though I haven’t tried them in the narrower Summersong. I sure as heck wouldn’t want to use that heavy old Carlisle (blue plastic coated shaft with yellow blades and much heavier than the current model Carlisle Daytripper paddles) for a very long time, even though that used to be my only kayak paddle and I survived many river miles with it. I’ve never tried a 108" paddle in a canoe, that seems pretty long.
I’m open to other manufacturers and models other than Mohawk. Price is a consideration - I’d like to keep it under $150 if possible. I’ll consider spending more since the Rumble doesn’t take place until August and that gives me time to save my pennies.
Thanks in advance for all of your advice.