I've had two Wenonah solos and always used the sit and switch. with them I just couldn't get a solo to go straight with a J or C stroke.
I probably think more when switching sides because I'm typically in a big empty boat and do it when it's windy especially.Like others have said I do both but generally prefer sit and switch, however I seem to be the opposite of lowangle al in that I find sit and switch to be more mindless than correction strokes, at least if I want to move relatively fast.
If I'm paddling all day there will be extended periods where I'll move to the Canadian stroke and single side it while I cruise along and admire the scenery and daydream.
Good points!one unmentioned disadvantage to the hit and switch technique is the paddle drip on every hut. I'm normally a bow paddler, so my drips go forward, but all paddlers behind me drip in the boat, or on the paddler in front of them when spacing is tight. Those drips add up in the boat hour after hour. Another disadvantage for racers is the first stroke after the hut is not always up to fully efficient power, plus as much as half a stroke time period can be lost during the transiition.
DittoMy normal solo power stroke is the pitch, or a very fast J
Planting far forward as possible and taking the paddle out of the water mid thigh helps. Called sometimes cab forward paddling and it minimizes switching.I've had two Wenonah solos and always used the sit and switch. with them I just couldn't get a solo to go straight with a J or C stroke.
But it's kind of annoying having to switch sides so often. I have a new solo and next summer I really want to learn how to keep it going straight without switching sides. Speed isn't everything. I had sliding bucket seats on both Wenonah's and it really spoiled me. Being able to change trim on the fly is really handy.
Hit and switch paddling, and doing it very quickly and efficiently is the mandatory style when racing. You can't compete without doing it well. Yes, of course it takes less than a second to switch. Often it takes another first full stroke to get up to fullly efficient power capacity. Especially true for C4 or voyageur middle seats paddlers, who must slide their butt or their rolling seat from one side to the other. And, myself as a bow padddler in C4 or voyageur, my back is continuously soaked from paddle drips of paddler in seat #2 switching.Forgive me if I'm wrong but I see many posts here about the inconvenience to switching sides while paddling. It takes me less than a second to switch over and yes I get a drop or 2 or water in the canoe. But that sure beats paddling on one side for an extended period of time and a switch happens faster than a corrective stroke while only paddling on one side.
Of course there's those that may have an injury where they prefer to paddle on one side, but I myself feel much more stress after a dozen strokes per side.
If you're flailing, you're not doing it right (similar to "I can't make my canoe go straight"). Watch some marathon races on Youtube. Tripping, you just slow it down. There's no flailing in my boat.but if you are canoe tripping, why bother with all that flailing about?
I will concede that I own a couple of bent shafts. However, if I could find a straight shaft carbon paddle, I would probably get rid of them too.
but I think I'll spend today looking for that elusive straight shaft carbon paddle.