Plans are included
- Classic single bladed paddle
- Classic double bladed paddle
- Bent single bladed paddle
Step by Step Instructions
for Touring Use
to your body dimensions
The paddle plans demonstrate Michael Storer Boat Design's
clear instructions and layout - just like our boat plans.
The paddles themselves are excellent performers with
The only difference between these and the rest of our
plans is that some of the drawings have been shrunk down,
so some detail is lost.
The download link is at the top of this page.
What Free Plans Cost YOU.
the world of boat plans, in general, you get exactly what
you pay for. By far the bulk of free plans are worth exactly
nothing. The boats won't meet the designer's inflated
expectations in terms of cost, ease of building, and then
performance in use.
A good design should EXCEED your expectations. It should
be easier to build than you think and should work better
on the water than you imagined
There are some exceptions where free plans are very good
indeed, but generally I would strongly recommend buying
plans from popular designers who are making some sort
of living out of designing boats. They are popular for
These paddles plans are drawn from extensive research
into what people were actually using as reported in magazines.
The main difference with commercial fibreglass bladed
paddles is that the paddle blades are laminated out of
two layers of plywood, providing a light but very robust
blade that will deal with some degree of mistreatment.
The other area where these paddles shine is in the proportion
of the paddle shafts. They are designed to flex to reduce
shock loadings on wrists and elbows - an important consideration
where real distance is being covered.
There is a slight thrust compromise in having a ply blade
in that it can only be concave in one direction. However
this also gives it a predictable behavior when moved laterally
in the water, such as in some recovery strokes, some draws
and the J and travelling C strokes. Heavily cupped blades
can produce unpredictable forces in similar circumstances
and are tricky to make in comparison..
Why these plans are free - Three
1/ As a marketing ploy, to show just how good a well
put together plan can be compared to the free offerings
that are around. ie maybe someone will like my paddles
so decide to order a boat plan in future.
2/ I have always felt a little embarrassed when selling
a canoe plan to charge extra for the paddles. It feels
a bit like "push" marketing . . .
Q: "Do you want fries with that?"
A: "If I wanted them I would have asked for them!"
3/ Because I want people to know just how good correctly
proportioned touring paddles can be. Most of the paddles
sold commercially are based heavily on racing models,
which are fine if you are in training and only want to
go 500 metres at the highest possible speed. For the rest
of us there is a better balance when we might be paddling
for several hours, where the boat may be loaded, when
there is wind from strange directions, or where me may
need to do some maneuvering.
here for the Paddle PDF File (300Kb)
The instructions should print up OK on letter writing
sheets (they were originally on A4). The drawings were
originally on A3 but I have divided them up into smaller
images and put them within the plan. The PDF format will
resize itself to whatever you have available.
plans also available)