Boating

How long should a Kayak Paddle be?

Kayak, the name of the most exciting and thrilling experience on the water. You must be thinking; a kayak must be comfortable. But hold on a second, it’s fun, but it’s not an easy one. You need to select first the perfect boat for you. And an ideal ship gives you the comfortable feel of the water. After that, the measurement of a paddle comes under the light. The boat must be adjustable, but a paddle needs to be of a perfect size because this will give your hand and shoulder an ideal balance for kayaking. And your kids must not lay back from enjoying the kayaking. So whenever you choose a boat, you must keep your eyes on the measurement of the paddle.

Now you must be thinking about the perfect measurement of a paddle. And for this, you need first to take the diameter of your kayak boat.

A kayak boat comes in four different types. They are

• Recreational kayak

• Performance kayak

• Touring kayak

• Whitewater kayak

Now let us give you a short description of those kayak boats. The first one is –

Recreational kayak boat

This type of boats is usually coming in a short size but wide so that you can feel relaxed and comfortable there. It is often 26 inches to 30 inches usually.

Touring kayak boat

Such boat comes with the more compatibility. It gives you capacity. But the size is narrower. But typically it is longer in size. Usually, it comes in 22 to 26 inches long.

Performance kayak boat

These boats are usually 19 to 24 inches long. They are long in size and durable also. They come with a narrow hull.

Whitewater kayak boat

Such boat comes with a little space inside. The width won’t be as long as the height of the paddler. So it needs to be more congested.

Kayak Paddle

For paddle section, the width of the boat must be an essential factor. And if you are a part-time paddler, then it is the most crucial part. And as a tourist, your body weight and height will widely play a role in selecting a paddle.

Keep an idea in your mind that wider boats need longer paddles. But not all the time.

Paddle Length – Depending on Kayak Length

Now let us go through a measurement table that will indicate us how to select a paddle. According to the body size of the kayak and the fitness of a kayak are –

If the body of the kayak is 22 inches, then you need to choose the paddle of 180-190 cm approximately. Then if it’s 24 inches, then you need to go through 190-200 cm. If it is 26 inches, then you need to choose 200-210 cm.

If your torso size is 28 inches, then you can have a paddle of 200-220 cm long. You can choose the up to 38 inches torso, and the paddle must be 250 cm approximately. So there are the minimum and primary measurements of a paddle for a kayak.

You can quickly figure out whether the kayak paddle is right for you or not by bending your elbow up to a 90-degree angle. And you can easily do this by holding the paddle in your hand directly. If the paddle rests to the two-thirds of the meeting of shaft and blade, then your paddle is perfect. But your body fitness depends more on the paddle.

Paddle Length – Depending on Paddlers Type

Like there are different types of kayak boats, there comes a variety of paddlers also. They come in various taste and view. Some are described below-

Athletic paddler

They want the paddle to be short, and the blade must be wide. This type of paddle gives you the extra horsepower for kayaking.

Taller paddler

As they are tall, they want their paddle to be long also. And the blade must be wide so that they could easily move the paddle.

Smaller paddler

They probably prefer a paddle whose blade’s surface area is small. But if you want to paddle more in water then you can go with the larger one.

Small glove needs small shaft paddle. It’s a universal truth because it will give you a better swift in kayaking.

So I think you have got some basic techniques for choosing your paddle for a kayak. Now it’s also vital that your water body depends on your paddle also. Lakes and rivers need some type of paddle, where sea needs a different kind of paddle. So it’s a thing of research which water body you are kayaking, and the paddle choosing must be according to that.

Paddle Length – Depending on Water Types

The water in lakes and rivers are very calm and relaxed. Here you can spend a lot of time and some quality time with your dear one. So here you can choose touring paddle. These sorts of paddle come with small swift but lightweight. It gives you the feel of camping, touring as well as river riding also. So it would be a good choice for choosing a touring paddle.

A paddle with oval-shaped shaft gives you the comfort of paddling. Because you need not look at the water and easily could move the paddle. It gives you more satisfaction than a round shaped shaft in water.

Water is another important fact for a paddle. If your water is a swallow one, then you can choose a plastic paddle. It will overcome the sand, rocks and many more things of water. You can take recreational paddle also if you don’t want to spend much time in the water. This paddle is ideal for trips, fighting, and children too, though they don’t want to remain in water for much time.

For moving water, you can have performance paddle. They come with high durability and capacity so that you can handle the kayaking in your own way. The weight of those paddles is light. Fiber composite paddles are best for long trips as well as for the one who has a shoulder problem. They will provide you a lightweight feeling in the paddling section.

Whitewater paddles are much more different than other paddles. Because those paddles are created for the one, who loves adventure. And they come in a size of a shorter shaft with durable nature. Those paddles give the adventurous feeling to the paddlers.

So I think you can now easily choose the paddle. Happy kayaking!

How to Prepare for Boat Renovating

Deciding to renovate a boat offers the opportunity to provide an old junker with some tender loving care to bring it back to it’s old glory ready to provide you and your family with many more years of fun. Many boats can be worth restoring from old 60’s speed boats to fishing boats and pontoons. Some can be done in the price range that that can make it a bargain. Others may not be worth the time and effort you are going to put into it. Remember the old saying, “boats can be a money pit.

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Is your boat worth renovating?

If you have run into a boat for free or looking at an old one sitting in your backyard, you may have a restoration project in mind. The following 12 tips can help you decide if the project is worth it or at least, mow much effort you are going to need to put into her.

12 Tips to help you decide

 Tip 1: Get the boat where you have the room to check it out. Garage is good but keep in mind that you are going to need to do some cleaning, so you may want to start outside and move it in the garage once your done with that step. You can of course do everything outside but weather and good lighting might play an effect if working on it at night. 

 Tip 2: Get all accumulated debris, leaves and water out of the boat, as all of these materials are known to accelerate damage. Perform a top-to-bottom cleaning of the boat so you can see all defects, wiring, etc. Yes, you will need to clean and scrub the boat down from the outside to inside, seats, steering and all.

 Tip 3: Remove gas tank and dump the gas. If you are restoring a boat, the gas is probably bad. Gas lasts under a year and should actually be drained at the end of every year. 

 Tip 4: Remove old oil from the engine as well as the gear box (upper and lower). Replace with fresh oil.

Tip 5: Once you replaced the oil in the motor and add a little fresh gas, you need to test the motor. The boat motor is your big money item. Using bunny ears and a hose, you can try to crank the motor to make sure it will crank. If it is seized up, that is bad news and you may need to replace it. It is worth having a marine mechanic take a look at it to see if it can be saved. Note: to test the motor, you will need a battery, hopefully you have one around, if not, expect to pay around $100 for one.

Tip 6:  If you decided that the motor is usable, you can move on to doing a check of the outer body of the boat (or floats/tubes/logs if a pontoon). Looking for issues with such as spot crazing and cracking of fiberglass surfaces that surround fittings, fixtures and cleats. All load-bearing boat fixtures must have a strong backing plate, so repair and replace where necessary. This can vary depending if it is fiberglass or aluminum. Most likely, you should be in good shape with the body itself though some jon boats are thinner aluminum and may be punctured. Aluminum is an easier fix though.

Tip 7: You can figure that all hoses will need to be replaced. This includes but not limited to, all gas hoses, pump primer, etc. You can make a list and have them priced out.

Tip 8: Examine the boat’s through-hull components to ensure that they remain correctly sealed. Take a close look at the boat’s seacocks to verify that they are still in working condition. Any broken parts in these areas need to be replaced. Like above, make a list to have priced out.

Tip 9: It is common for older vessels to be characterized by significant wood rot. Closely examine the boat’s decking, the seat bases as well as the transom, looking for any signs of decay or rot. You will need to remove old damaged wood from the boat and use cored composite or marine-grade pieces of plywood to perform repairs. Again, depending on the type of boat you are restoring, the price will vary a lot. Add how much wood you need and price it out.

Tip 10: YouTube has about any type of DYI video instructions you can think of. If you need help how to figure something out, YouTube should be your fist stop. I have posted a video below from YouTube on a DIY repair job on fixing a hole in a aluminum boat. These type of videos are out there for just about every issue you need to fix.

Tip 11: Next, if you plan on moving forward, I would suggest finding a good boating forum online. There are tons of forums to choose from. Do a little searching around each site and find one that fits you. Guys that belong to these forums are very knowledgeable and most will be more than happy to help you with anything you get stuck on. In fact, people would love for you to start a thread and share photos of your project. It gets them engaged in your project and they are more inclined to help you get through issues.

Tip 12: Looking for insights on a specific type of project? You can also visit Boating Mag DYI Projects. They have some good information on specific projects.

Obviously, something larger such as this boat in this piece by Fircroft is largely more challenging, however the same principals as those above apply.

So now that you have given the boat a good lookover and getting prices. You can decide if your time and money is worth the project. I gotta say, restoring a boat gives you a very satisfying feeling. Something you can be proud of. You are taking something that would end up in a junk yard and turned it into something that will provide many more years of enjoyment.

I hope these tips helped you in your venture to decide if restoring a boat I worth it. Feel free to print these tips out to use and make sure to share this page with your friends!