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TOURING KAYAK

The ArcticSpoon and the MiniSpoon are our two Eurostyle touring kayak paddles.

32K Paddle PictureThe ArcticSpoon is touring paddle blade is 6” by 20.5” long –a size that is popular for cruising.  It is a large enough blade to provide power to battle headwinds and braces well in the waves, yet the blade enters the water quietly and smoothly.  Longer versions of this paddle (250 and 260 cm) have frequently been used by folks in large folding kayaks or paddling canoes.  Typical weights for a 220 one-piece is 32 oz.

Lengths and Construction:  The most popular size these days is 220 cm.  It used to be 230 and 240, but times have changed.  I have custom made them in lengths from 206 cm to 245 cm in one piece and up to 260cm in TAP (take-a-part) versions at no additional charge.   Any paddles over 230 should be a TAP as the shipping charges just get ridiculous.  The ArcticSpoon has book matched western cedar blades edged in our dynel that makes the blade as tough as any composite.  The blade is sheathed in fiberglass  and epoxy before varnishing.  The shaft can be made in either a 5-piece cedar and willow construction or a 4-piece hollow core cedar and ash.  More aggressive paddlers will prefer the stiffer shaft of the ash construction. I have also added  a partial length fiberglass wrap applied to the center section of the shaft  to prevent the soft cedar core from becoming dented when using the paddle for support when entering  the boat. 

The MiniSpoon has a smaller 5” by 19.5” blade which is much more popular with us older paddlers looking to reduce the strain on elbows and shoulders.  It is also somewhat lighter and has a much lower swing weight making it an almost effortless paddle to use.  Typical weights are under 30 oz.

Length and construction:  Most of them have been in the 215cm to 220cm length.  The shaft is made of of 3 pieces of cedar and two of black willow which means it will be more flexible.  If you want a longer length or a stiffer pne we'll have to talk about the shaft construction.  Blade construction and reinforcing are the same as for the ArcticSpoon.

A couple of notes here, some of the pictures show a veneer tip cover. These are no longer being supplied as it is does not provide any structural strength and I have run out  and cannot see buying another 15 year supply while considering retirement.  I use a fiberglass ferule TAP joint system with set holes at 60L-0-60R,  I tried the carbon fiber ones and found them inferior in strength  and durability at a higher cost.

Pricing 

                                    ArcticSpoon               $275
                                    ArcticSpoon HD        $300
                                    MiniSpoon                 $275

                                    Add for TAP             $35


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