I bought a new paddle… a Euro paddle, of all things. What now! What’s this? Why has a die-hard Greenland paddle user and advocate of over five years bought a paddling shovel? Well the real answer is that I bought another kayak… a plastic one.
Initially I was thinking on a Delphin, but soon decided a crossover kayak would be more to my liking… something shorter and maneuverable, something I could use for those shorter paddles when we aren't going anywhere in particular… something I won't mind banging against, or over, a rock or two... something plastic.
I began my on-line search and short-listed a few crossovers. As I read reviews and investigated, my number one choice quickly became the Pyranha Fusion with the white-water outfitting. Then I came across the Jackson Karma RG and started reading up on it.
One of the reviews I found on the RG was by Bill Vonnegut and Lily Kelsey of Neptune’s Rangers... click here. One line in particular tipped the scales away from the Fusion. Mr. Vonnegut says of the Karma RG that it “seems like they took the small things that I did not like about my other boats and made them all go away, leaving the Karma with nothing left to change.”
Well, I am certainly not an expert on kayaks or their design, and I am definitely nowhere near being an expert kayaker, but the RG seemed to me like a fun kayak to have. I found a very good deal on a new one from The Complete Paddler, placed my order at the end of January, and am anticipating its arrival toward the end of April.
|Initially I had a red one on my mind like above.. but when it came|
time to place the order I chose a colour they call Wolverine - it's
a combination of blue, white, and yellow
Okay, so how about that Euro paddle…
Since ordering the RG I have been contemplating the motor. I use my Greenland paddle for the bit of coastal playing and rock hoping that I do in my Nordkapp; I have to… it is what I paddle with after all. But I do not feel that the ‘skinny stick’ is the best choice of paddle for a shorter kayak, or especially in the shallower water closer to shore among the rocks. I can’t count the number of times I have I bounced my GP off of a rock!
After more on-line reading and searching I finally decided on a paddle; a bent shaft Werner Shuna, a mid-sized blade toted as “the perfect paddle for the coastal play environment.” I found a very good price on one from The Kayak Exchange and have put in the order for it. However, it will arrive long before the RG shows up.
I guess if I want to try out this new paddle before the RG arrives I will just have to ask Jenny if she minds me using the Euro blade for a paddle, or two… Who knows, she just might like the variety...
When I came home today I looked at my driveway and thought that perhaps instead of a new kayak and paddle I should have put the money toward new pavement... but then my next thought was that 'Charlie' just might be the one to have to take care of that...