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I tried my latest paddle yesterday. This one is about 8" longer, and 1/2" narrower than prior versions. It's 8' long, 3" wide, and the loom is about 16". The blades are quite a bit thicker throughout, and have a pointed tip rather than rounded off. The loom is thicker, and that is carried out further toward the tips. My son says it looks like a double-bladed javelin! The edges are about 1/2" thick, and rounded off. The tips are about 1/2" thick. The middle of the blades is slightly thicker, about 3/4".

This paddle feels faster than the shorter, thinner-bladed version. It's hard to say that it actually IS faster, as I have never compared the two over a fixed course / time. (are we going to do that at R2K1?) It's quite a bit stiffer, and even tho there's more material in it, it is lighter than the old redwood one. I like this cedar/fir combination. It's very bouyant. While I didnt roll with it, I'm sure it will be fine. Its the first time in a long time I havent rolled when I went out.

But this paddle tends to flutter noticably. If I remember right, I had this problem with another blade, and sharpend the edges which fixed it. Is enhanced flutter a common characteristic of thicker greenland blades? Is this a technique issue? Are the edges supposed to be thick and rounded off? I dont recall Mike Hanks's paddle fluttering. I counld't eliminate it by playing with forward cant, but with more practice maybe I will. There is a distinct point of cant at which it's too much, and the paddle dives strongly. Of course, it doesnt flutter then...

I like the pointed tips better, I think they cavitate less. I like the feeling of better speed for the same cadence, and I like the thicker loom / grip. I also like the smooth transition at the root, the next one will have a slightly shorter loom. I'll roll with it next weekend, and know more then.

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