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Reposted from Paddling.net, written by Farwell Forrest
If you're thinking of buying a kayak, you already know that you'll need a double-bladed paddle. In fact, the double paddle has now become the badge of the kayaker. Still, there's no reason why canoeists can't use them, too. Nessmuk did, after all, and there's still no better way to move a pack canoe down a lake.
Just what is a double-bladed paddle, anyway? Put simply—you guessed it!—it's just a shaft with a blade on each end. (I said it was simple!)
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