Boating is a recreational sport that rejuvenates the mind and strengthens the muscles at the same time. Unlike the monotonous exercise sessions, the boating brings thrills into your life. You may even use the boating to release your stressors, as the lakes and rivers leave a calming effect in your mind. The traditional boats rely upon boating paddles to move forward. The paddles help you sail through the waves or let you change directions when sailing. The structure and shape of these paddles differ to suit the changing needs of sailors.
The design of boating paddles also differs depending upon the boat’s type. The canoes and rowing boats use different types of paddles. There are four different types of paddles for canoeing. The shape of these paddles not only changes according to different boating activities. It also changes depending upon the type of water-body. The paddles suitable for the lakes may not be ideal for canoeing in whitewater or rapids. The paddle’s shape can influence a boat’s rapidity and balance when sailing through different types of water-bodies. The paddles with the rounded tip of the blade are suitable for sailing through lakes or other flat-water areas. The Beavertail and Ottertail paddles have rounded tips. The tip of these paddles tapers near the paddles’ necks. The blade of an Ottertail paddle is narrower than the Beavertail paddle. Some of these paddles have bent shafts to give more speed to the sailors. You may use these paddles during the boating expeditions/competitions.
The boating paddles for whitewater/rapids give more control to the sailors, as it is hard to maintain balance in these water-bodies. The whitewater paddles have wider and shorter blades. The blades have square tips and straight shafts. These features enable the paddlers to make quicker strokes and to maneuver through the rapid current without experiencing any difficulty. Some paddles have narrower and longer blades with shorter shafts. These paddles give better control to the paddlers and may seem ideal for the solo boating experience. For maximum speed, you may choose the paddles with shorter and wider blades.
The oars are also available in different shapes for varying boating experience. Some oars have cleaver/hatchet shaped spoons. This spoon resembles the appearance of a meat cleaver. The asymmetrical design of the blades gives a maximized surface area. Hence, you can sail faster with these oars. A Macon shaped blade looks like a tulip. You may use the Macon oars to master the techniques of rowing in the beginning years. The Square blades are equally suitable for practice sessions, as they are easier to handle.
Paddles or oars not only vary in designs. They also vary in terms of manufacturing material. The Ashwood is used to make durable paddles. On the other hand, the Maple wood gives more flexibility. Nowadays, the oars and paddles are also made of composite materials, such as fiberglass or carbon. Many racers use carbon paddles for rapidity. The plastic paddles are available with aluminum handles. These lightweight paddles are ideal for the beginners.