Reinforced paddle – a neat solution
I use for a number of years only my home-made GP:s, but is a little frustrated by how vulnerable the wood is, especially in the tips.
After some testing I have made a couple of paddles with strip-technique: hollow fir, fiberglass, and for strength, kevlar over the tips.
After a winter/ spring and now a couple of weeks on island Åland and along the north-east coast of Sweden I am very happy with the paddles. It has been subjected to some abuse, mainly from rough landings on rocky shores, with just a minimal "fuzzyness" on the kevlar edge to show for it..
Ove Sigvardsson. Hudiksvall"
"PS. Forgot to mention that the 226 cm long paddle weights 800 grams.
(89" and 28,2 oz)"