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Kayak instruction: feathered or unfeathered

WARNING: I am not interested in kicking off a feathered vs unfeathered debate.
I am a twisted soul and enjoy such debates, but we all know debating this
particular issue will lead no where.

I am interested in a variation on this theme.

As a kayak instructor working with first time paddlers, what do you tell the
students to use: feathered or unfeathered paddles? Its a bit wishy-washy to
dodge the issue. The instructors are the experts so students legitimately
deserve an expert opinion.

I wonder sometimes if people use greenland paddles just so they can avoid this
issue altogether. :)

--Tim

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Kayak instruction: feathered or unfeathered
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Re: Kayak instruction: feathered or unfeathered
I'm a firm believer in 180* feather! :) *NM*
After "Discussion": switching to 360* feather ;) *NM*
Can I get an amen brothers and sisters! ;) *NM*
Re: Kayak instruction: feathered or unfeathered
Instructor advice - More than about feather
Using the whole Euro paddle
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feathered ....
Since you thrown down the gauntlet...
Re: Wind resistance
Point well taken, but...
Re: Point well taken, but...
Not exactly
Re: Exactly,
Re: Experience
Proportional yes, but...
Re: Proportional yes, but...
Re: Proportional yes, but...
Re: Proportional yes, but...
Re: Proportional yes, but...
Re: I'll make your point for you...
Re: Directly Proportional
Compressibility? (VERY minute!)
Re: Density vs. viscosity
Fun eh?
Re: Fun eh?
Five blind men describing an elepant...
Re: velocity
Re: Since you thrown down the gauntlet...
Re: 45* Worthless
Oh dear, what have I started ...
"Argument" vs. "Discussion"
A war... that I'm doing my best to avoid ;) *NM*
I use 45 feather in surf--60 degree most often... *NM*
Re: I use 45 feather in surf--60 degree most often
Just what I use--no claims whatsoever! :) *NM*
Whoops. Sorry. Two very different paddles. :) *NM*
And I love switching between feathered/Greenland *NM*
I much prefer a 45 feather when feathered. *NM*
no gauntlet, just my opinion - - -
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Re: asymmetric stroke
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i think i'd rather just paddle and not argue - - -
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Responsible instructors . . . ?
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