I set out today with my new paddle. I felt heavier than my older storm paddle, but I liked that it gripped the water better.
I used a slightly different design. It came recommended as a good internet source. I drew the lines onto the wood and the three brothers and father that ran the factory cut. They had a different machine for everything and did an amazing job at cutting exactly right really quickly.
For a finish, they didn’t have boiled linseed oil, but they gave me something that they said was similar.
Once there was a misunderstanding, and they cut a hard angle into the shaft, but I was watching their work closely and yelled “No! No! No!” and we patched it up with wood glue.
As I paddled out of the port I realized I left my phone behind. Oh well. A mile in and a car pulled into a parking lot near the water and honked loudly. Rats. I made a beach landing, thanked my friend profusely, and then a beach launch.
I don’t think the new paddle is any faster than the previous one. Also, it makes my hands bleed. At around mile six my hands began to feel sore and while I tried changing my style a little, there’s only so much I can do.
At mile eight I looked at my hands. They were bleeding. Not a lot, but with sea water constantly pouring on the wounds, they weren’t coagulating. Not to mention I was still paddling and making things worse.
I switched back to my old paddle. And pulled over at the first beach that looked good. I would have to let my hands heal before I could paddle any more.
Maybe if I sand it down a lot, it will be smooth enough to paddle with, and weigh enough less.
The wood has a really tight grain, and fewer places where I accidently cut too deep with a rip saw. It has more potential than my old paddle.
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Miles paddle: 9
Total since Naples: 416.5
Current Location: 39.613016,16.78204