I am a beginning paddler and decided to make and use a greenland paddle because of the claims that it would be eaiser on my old and abused joints. The paddle I made is ceder and 70 inches long. I used the plans by Chuck Holst, and used the recommended method to decided the length. I have used the paddle several times and like the feel of it very much, but I have a problem with the paddle hitting the deck with each stroke (especially when I am getting tired). The kayak I use is quite wide and rides high in the water (Prijon Kodiak) compared to the pictures I see of the greenland style kayaks. My question for you knowledgeble and experienced kayakers is: Do I need a longer paddle because of the width and height of my kayak, or could it be a problem with my technique. Should I hold my hands higher, use a steeper angle with the paddle ect. I know you are hindered by not seeing my technique (or lack there of). Thanks in advance for your advise.