PADDLES at OOTDOORS
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Paddles, commonly used in canoes consist of a wooden, fibreglass, carbon fibre or metal rod (the shaft) with a handle on one end and a rigid sheet (the blade) on the other end. For kayaks they are longer, with a blade on each end; they are handled from the middle of the shaft.
Many modern examples are made of two pieces which can be snapped together in either feathered or unfeathered settings. The shaft is normally straight but in some cases a ‘crank’ is added with the aim of making it more comfortable and reducing the strain on the wrist. Because the kayak paddle is not supported by the boat, paddles made of lighter materials are desired. Cheaper versions have an aluminium shaft while more expensive ones use a lighter fibreglass or carbon fibre shaft.
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