Is it Time to Step Up to a Fiberglass Paddle?
Welcome to Yak-Gear's New "Amistad" fiberglass paddle. There is one thing every kayak fisherman, sea kayakers and all other kayakers have in common, they all need a paddle. The type of paddle you have can make a huge difference in your comfort level and time you will spend on the water. An uncomfortable paddle will limit the distance you travel on the water and how much paddling you actually do.
A good, lightweight paddle is truly worth its weight in gold. Fiberglass paddle prices can range from over a hundred to several hundred dollars. Yak-Gear has developed a quality fiberglass shaft paddle that is within the budget of almost every kayaker.
The Yak-Gear Fiberglass paddle has a fiberglass shaft that is lightweight, strong, and comfortable to use. In addition, it is an adjustable shaft. This means you can adjust the length of the paddle for the type of kayaking you do and your body shape. Taller people will generally need a longer paddle. Those who use a high angle stroke can use a slightly shorter paddle than those who use a low angle stroke.
The modern wide beam kayaks that are designed for greater stability can use a longer paddle than those with a narrow beam. For example, the Viking GT has a 32" beam where the Viking Reload has a 29" beam.
What's with the Adjustable Shaft?
The paddle can be adjusted from 230cm to 240cm or 90.5" to 94.5". The industry measures paddles in centimeters so if you tell a kayak merchant you need a 230cm paddle he will know what you are talking about. Most all paddles you see on the market are from 220cm to 240cm (86.5" to 94.5").
Making the adjustment is simple. The paddle comes with a cool, 1-flip locking mechanism that releases pressure on the paddle. Then pull out or push in to set the length to where you need it. In addition, the locking mechanism has stainless steel screws that you can loosen or tighten so you have the proper tension on the flip handle. If it is too hard to lock, loosen the screw slightly and it will be easier.
The Fiberglass Shaft
Most standard kayak paddles have aluminum shafts. While aluminum shafts are good, they also tend to be the heaviest. Fiberglass is more comfortable to hold and are lighter than many aluminum paddles. Fiberglass paddles are a nice step up from aluminum, especially if your budget doesn't allow you to purchase a carbon shaft paddle.
The fiberglass paddle shafts are more comfortable to use than aluminum shafts especially after several hours on the water.
The touring blade on the Amistad fiberglass paddle is one of the most popular blade types. It pushes just enough water to move your kayak quickly through the water, yet not so large that it is exhausting to use. Paddles with very wide blades can indeed move your kayak, but they require far more energy. Wooden paddles often have narrower, longer blades to make up for the heavier paddle weight.
When fishing lakes or on the Gulf, whatever distance you paddle you will have to paddle back. The wind can come up or tidal changes can make paddling harder. Having a good paddle is extremely important.
Foam Inserts in Paddle Handle
Most people don't know that while paddles will float, they will only float for a short time. Once they fill with water the paddle will sink. I remember talking to a kayak rental business owner that was upset because their customer lost a paddle after his kayak flipped over. He waited until he got his personal gear back into the kayak before looking for and retrieving his paddle. When he went to look for it, it had already sunk to the bottom. Paddles do not stay afloat for long unless they have foam inserts, which are usually found on higher quality paddles.
The paddle comes in a 6" X 6" X 50" box and ships free to all U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and all other U.S. Territories. If you live outside of the U.S. please contact me for an exact shipping quote. We love orders outside the U.S. so feel free to contact us.
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