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Re: Paddle Size
Posted by LeeG on Jan 30, 2007
I'd suggest adding another 1" to your seat to raise you up a notch. Given your height and the 17 stability you can sacrifice a loss of stability for better ergonomics. Also it would bring you up closer to thigh braces which have to be wedge shaped and not flat 1" minicell to be of use.
The paddle charts are kind of misleading in that if you put a longer paddle in a short persons arms for a wider boat you end up reducing the potential leverage from body to blade and INCREASE the leverage from blade to body. Blade width affects deck clearance as much as torso height and deck height.
In Response to: Paddle Size by Fred on Jan 29, 2007