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paddle size

On my last trip, a week long trip around Vinal Haven and vicinity, I began to think about buying a new paddle. Actually we stopped at Beans and I regrettably touched a Werner carbon-fiber. I know that my current paddle is sized 'too-big' with satellite dish blades, but haven't really noticed any muy malo effects. By coincidence, my brother has the exact same boat as me, but with a shorter paddle with a narrower blade. When we paddled side-by-side, I noticed I had to truncate my stroke to keep the same rhythm.

So when I go shopping for a paddle, how do I really know what size to buy? I'd hate like heck to buy a $300 paddle, only to find it's the wrong size.