Oars Boat and Paddles
Looking to replace an old paddle or an upgrade for better performance? Anaconda has a range of paddles and oars to choose from.
We have double-bladed paddles for kayaking and single-bladed oars for rowboats. Double bladed paddles are ideal for narrower vessels like kayaks that are much closer to the water. These are very efficient going in a straight line or for changing directions in small vessels like kayaks.
Oars are attached to the vessel itself and are typically used for larger heavier boats like rowboats. Oars are used in pairs and boats that use oars can typically accommodate several people, and can have attachments for several pairs of oars. These larger boats are more suitable for going longer distances and in choppier waters.
Canoes and stand-up paddleboards, on the other hand, use single-bladed paddles that are handheld. The sides of canoes are also much higher than that of kayaks, so the required stroke is more of a downward motion rather than sweeping to the side like in kayaks that use double-bladed paddles. Canoes are paddled from side to side to go in a straight line. Canoe and SUP paddles also have handles or palm grips on one end to help paddlers apply more force through the downward stroke.
Buying Guide for Kayak Paddles
When choosing kayak paddles you have to take into consideration three things: length, blade design and materials.
The right length of a kayak paddle is determined by the width of the kayak and the height of the kayaker. Using a kayak that isn’t long enough makes it more difficult to get the blade into the water and apply force to get efficient forward thrust.
The most common paddle blade design for kayaks is the asymmetrical dihedral shape. An asymmetrical paddle has one side that is both narrower and shorter which makes it lighter and easier to handle for touring and long distance trips.
A dihedral blade has a profile that isn’t completely flat. It is thicker at the centre where the shaft is, and thins out towards the outer edges of the blade. The angle makes water flow smoother across the face of the blade and reduces flutter.
The materials used for the shaft and blade determine the paddle’s strength and weight. Shafts can be made of aluminium, fiberglass or carbon fibre. Blades are available in plastic, nylon, fibreglass or carbon fibre.
Here at Anaconda, you can find high performance kayak paddles with carbon fibre blades and shafts. For a more affordable yet still lightweight paddle, we also offer kayak paddles with fibreglass shafts and nylon blades. For recreational kayakers on a tight budget, we also offer paddles with aluminium shafts and plastic blades. Despite its low price kayak paddles with aluminium shafts are very durable and easy to service.
Boat Oars from Anaconda
Anaconda sells oars that are designed boats up to 9 feet long. Our Sevylon oars have telescoping aluminium shafts that make storage and transport much easier. It also allows easy adjustment of length. The plastic blades are connected to the shaft supported by a tension collar that keeps it from moving around even while strong rowing forces are applied. When fully assembled, the oars are designed to float in the water so it’s easy to retrieve. Our Sevylon oars are sold in pairs.