The RD Series Boat Paddle has the Caviness Wedge Insert as a "Standard" feature. This cross grain end lamination process provides the butt of the paddle blade with a feature normally applied to only very expensive paddles! With the Wedge Insert, Palm Grip, and Twin Stripe Design, there is not a better buy to be had! Available in lengths 4 1/2 feet through 6 feet, in 6 inch increments.
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Approximate Blade Width: 6 inches
Shaft Dimensions: 1-1/4" W x 1" D (Oval)
Shaft Orientation: Parallel
Approximate Weight: 24 oz. (5-feet)
Grip Type: Palm
Standard Features: Wedge Insert, Twin Stripe Design, Varnish Finish
What color is the stripe? The picture is so small I cant see the text design either. I am using them for decorating and do not want anything with red. thanks!
The stripes are reddish brown, closer to walnut or cedar. They are definitely not true red. I have mine as decoration also being used as a prop/curtain rod for a nautical room. I'm not sure what the writing/logo says since I have it high up on the wall. I can say I have gotten a lot of compliments on how it looks as a curtain rod and love the stripe detail in the wood. I searched for a long while for one from different sites and don't regret my decision on on this one. :)
How do I know what size paddle to order for a canoe?
I am a casual paddler who has gone on overnight trips - mostly downriver or on still lakes on calm days. (read: I have no experience with whitewater) When I started, I was told the paddle should come to my armpit - and those worked fine - very comfortable. Later, I was told they should come to my chin, so I got one that length, and it, too, worked fine. I am 5'10" tall and I have found paddles shorter than 48" to be too short. Paddles longer than 66" seem too long.A good 'average' paddle is ~54 to 62"
I purchased this back in July as a decoration prop for a Nautical room. I'm actually using it as a valance/window treatment holder/rod. Sorry I can't be of any real help. I can tell you that the workmanship on it is beautiful! The two colors of wood make the piece.I would think that you would have to use your height into consideration. Try sitting in a canoe at a sports store and try out the sizes there. Good luck with your quest for your answer!
First, Determine the Proper LengthContrary to what you may have heard, standing height is not an accurate way to size a canoe paddle. Since you sit while boating, the best way to choose a paddle length is to sit Â’Â¢?? either in a canoe or on the floor. Most flatwater and whitewater canoeists will require a paddle in the 52" to 60" range, but lengths vary to fit paddlers of all sizes. Bent-shaft paddles are shorter overall, with common lengths of 48" to 54". There are several ways to determine which length is right for you.At HomeKneel down with your seat about 6 inches off the floor, as if sitting in a canoe. Measure from the floor to your nose. Add this measurement to the blade length (included in our online specification chart). The total is the correct overall length for your paddle.In the StoreKneel down with your seat about 6" off the floor, as if sitting in a canoe. Hold the paddle upside down, with the grip on the floor. If the paddle length is correct, the blade should start right about even with your nose.On the WaterSit in your canoe and measure the vertical distance from your nose to the water. Add blade length to get the correct overall paddle length for you.Fine-Tuning FitÂ’Â¢?Â¥Ã‹_If purchasing a bent-shaft paddle, follow the above instructions, but deduct 2" to 4" from the length.Â’Â¢?Â¥Ã‹_Canoe width affects length. In a wide canoe, a longer paddle allows you to reach the water without stretching or straining. A paddle that's too short requires extra effort to get the whole blade in the water, making it difficult to propel the boat.Â’Â¢?Â¥Ã‹_If you're buying for a child, consider a paddle made especially for children. Besides having shorter lengths, they're built with narrower shafts and T-grips, which are easier for little hands to control.Choose a Material
How do I know what lenth paddle to order?
Take half (1/2) the distance between the oar locks and multiply by 3, then add 6 inches.
Great product for decorating
Based on the previous comment about using these paddles for decorative purposes I decided to try them. I'm an interior designer and used them for a clients pool room. I purchased 4 robe hooks to hang 2 of the paddles stacked horizontally and they do look great!
Designer in SD
San Diego, CA
Bought 2 of these paddles for decorative purposes only. Didn't want paddles that were decorated with rope or painting on, wanted it natural and authentic. Hung on cedar wall of our lake cabin over my son's bed. Look great - an inexpensive decorating idea!