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    Explain Your Screen Name

    I arrived at mine by way of a typo. I was thinking "still waters", which somehow morphed.
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    Straight shaft carbon paddle?

    Actually, I have an old "Sea-1" wooden paddle I got at Hemlock canoes in the 80's; has a 5 or 7 degree bend (don't recall), and I realized towards the end of this past season that most of the time I was preferring it to my straight blade. I think somehow that slight bend helps compensate for an...
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    Straight shaft carbon paddle?

    Those do look (and sound) like some very sweet paddles.
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    Straight shaft carbon paddle?

    "Cliff Jacobson seems to think a fine edge is important." And I agree! It's one of the features I'm looking for in my next paddle, be it carbon or wood. There are a few paddles I've been introduced to in this thread that I hadn't been aware of... it's all helpful.
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    Straight shaft carbon paddle?

    That is a great price for a Black Lite, however there are a couple of nice wood paddles readily available at the same weight. Seems like all I might gain would be a thinner blade profile? Perhaps there's something in the balance of the carbons that's preferable?
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    “Need” a new solo!

    Thanks gents, makes good sense. I do find my removable wooden yoke more weight and fussing than I'd like for my 32 lb. Trillium, and have taken more to simply shouldering it, but my carries have been only a few hundred yards. I'll ponder the strap variation (as well as what sort of pad I'd like...
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    “Need” a new solo!

    I think I must be missing something; that wide webbing fore of the seat has my curiosity... what exactly is the function?
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    “Need” a new solo!

    "Second, the wood needs a steel-wooling or sanding, especially around the paddling station where I’m likely to rub my hand on the gunwale incidentally while paddling. And I think I’ll strip the lettering off of midships." Same experience here with my Trillium. The trim is lovely, but definitely...
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    Straight shaft carbon paddle?

    Just looked at the website; I wonder how the weight compares with my wooden 6 degree paddle. The Werners aren't much lighter.
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    Aurora Borealis

    I saw them occasionally when I was living in the northeastern Adirondacks, though not when camping. Maybe once in the last twenty years (in Vermont, but not far from where I was in NY).
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    Malecite, '93, Kevlar, $600

    I'm glad it's gone to a good home!
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    Malecite, '93, Kevlar, $600

    Sold.
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    Malecite, '93, Kevlar, $600

    Thanks Glenn, good tip to know.
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    Malecite, '93, Kevlar, $600

    Can't seem to edit the original post, but price lowered to $600.00.
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    Malecite, '93, Kevlar, $600

    Up for sale is this classic Mad River Malecite. I'm the 2nd owner, have stored it in the shed for the 8 years or so I've had it, kept the gunnels oiled, 303'd periodically. Looks like it was used a lot, but not abused, before I bought it from the original owner. Lots of fading, scratches, and...
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    Looking to buy Gray Owl Freestyle Paddle

    Had I only found this sooner! Also desirous of a Grey Owl freestyle; thought I'd have to consider a new one... I was at the ADK Symposium that weekend at Paul Smiths, and live not too far from Burlington... what are the paddles doing down here?
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    Food security

    Back in the 70's, my brother was camping in, or right outside of Glacier. He woke up during the night, because, as he described it, he "heard his scull cracking". His head was in the jaws of a bear (brown or grizzly, neither he nor his buddy could tell by night). It had grabbed him and was...
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    Straight shaft carbon paddle?

    Aha! A fine option. Thanks!
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    Modifications to a Solo Yoke?

    I was going to add, in my post, but skipped it... I had a yoke years ago with that "deep dish", or doubly contoured shape; with super cushy closed cell foam 1.5 or 2 inches thick. Most stable and comfortable yoke I can think of. The one I had was aluminum, haven't seen one like it since. Got it...
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    Modifications to a Solo Yoke?

    I'm a skinny little guy with bony (but wider) shoulders, and have the same yoke, and issues, using it with my solo, which weighs around 34lbs. I tried doubling the foam thickness of the pads; didn't help at all. Also removed the middle block to lower the carry, as you did. I'm going back to...
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