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At the request of "DaSail Fit" we reviewed the "DaSail Fit" paddle.
July 17, 2015
DaSail Fit – www.sailpaddle.com
"DaSail Fit" paddle
As stated by sailpaddle.com website:
THE BOARD USED with “DaSail Fit” paddle FOR THIS REVIEW
12’ 6” Raven 2
DaPad supports the paddle blade to keep it in place while sailing. It is designed with an indented/notched grid for placement of the blade, at multiple angles while maneuvering.
Easy installation - We used a measuring tape, masking tape and marker to help with alignment of "DaPad."
The sticky side of the pad provides a secure hold. This pad will not shift out of alignment once it is installed.
Before removing the backing that exposes the sticky bottom of DaPad, be sure the surface of the paddle board is clean and measurements are accurate.
If your first try is a little off centre, no worries, it is quite easy to pull off and reposition. The key is not put final pressure on the pad until you are sure the positioning is to your liking.
WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE
We were impressed with how quick and easy it is to get the sail in and out of the shaft. The transition is smooth whether the sail is being hidden or revealed. This is good news for when the wind suddenly stops or suddenly starts up. Or if you want to change your mind on a whim, or if you are moving too fast for comfort in high winds. It all works in seconds. This ingenious design is simple, efficient and impressively crafted.
Operating with the sail up:
Once the sail is up, and the blade is positioned into one of the several grooves on “DaPad", movement is instant. For a quick start, simply hold the shaft vertical with the wind to your back, and you’re off. To move in varying direction, simply change placement of the blade. Lift the blade, then turn and place into another provided angle on “DaPad". .
To turn quickly or for larger sweeping turns, push or pull the paddle to produce an angled position, as opposed to the vertical position. Hold the shaft in one hand and bend the centre tip of the sail with the other hand to manipulate the turn and provide even more control. According to the creators at sailpaddle.com, This paddle has the ability to sail tack, and perform other maneuvers. We experienced turning and early stages of tacking…it only takes practise.
The blade provides a solid, clean catch with a light swing weight. It takes some time getting used to the balance of more weight at the top although, this doesn't take long. This balance does not interfere, hinder or restrict a casual or steady consistent paddling experience.
Note: we took the "DaSail Fit" out 5 times in high river waters with a swift current, experiencing the following range of weather conditions. We expect that lakes and oceans will produce results that could be different to our findings here.
In a breeze with flat water:
In 6.8 mph / 5.9 knots / 11 km / winds with mild chop:
In 9.3 mph / 8.1 knots / 15 km / winds with gusts and 6 inch waves.
The first trip out, we used DaSail Fit as a paddle only, for 2.8 miles or 4.5 km going into a strong upstream current for 1 hour and 20 minutes on the Columbia River. Comparing a full carbon fibre paddle without a sail to a full carbon fibre paddle with a sail, frankly, is an unbalance comparison—DaSail Fit is in a class of it’s own. For example, if you are used to a 1 lb or less. carbon fibre paddle, you will immediately notice the added weight at the top half where the sail hides. If "DaSail Fit" is your primary paddle you’ll get used to the weight quickly. If you are a paddler that wants a serious benefit of speed, "DaSail Fit” might be your secondary paddle.
A suggestion for “DaPad"
“DaPad" works exactly as stated by sailpaddle.com. It works and it works well. We are suggesting here that sail paddle.com devise a secondary way to turn the blade as an option to consumers. Here it is...As the wind gets stronger there is more effort involved in lifting and turning the blade. We think an improvement would be to devise a process of turning the blade and the grid, to exclude the action of lifting and re-placing the blade for the multiple angles offered—perhaps a pad on a turning mechanism that somehow snaps or locks into place with each turn. Sure its easy for us to say…just a thought.
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