Re: Paddling a Toto
- On my Toto I used a milk crate against the bulkhead then a regular
boat cushion against it for padding as a backrest, I also used a
second boat cushion to sit on, rasied me up and made it
comfortable. The milk crate was also good to keep a small cooler,
tackle box etc.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, eric S <u23b_2311@...> wrote:
> I took my TOTO out for a solo paddle Sunday for the
> first time. I built a ninety degree offset double
> paddle as called for in Jim's plans.
> I kept hitting the sides of the boat with the handle
> of the paddles so I think the paddles need to be a bit
> longer. I may add a foot to the paddle and also reduce
> to offset to 30 degrees or so.
> As I paddled I had a hard time keeping a straight
> course. I pretty much zig zagged my way up and back
> down the river,,,
> Would a keel make the Toto track straighter?
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- Hi Eric,
> I installed the Skeg as called for in the Plans.I've built and paddled two Totos, and in my view the skeg shown on
the plans is inadequate. If I were doing it again, I'd make the skeg
shorter lengthwise and as deep as possbile without going any deeper
than the belly of the boat. It would also help to fair the skeg
leading and trailing edges. I made a skeg like this (short, deep,
and faired) for Robote, and it tracks beautifully. That result has
me tempted to cut the skegs off my Totos and replace them.
> I do need to come up with some type of seat and backBolger, among others, strongly recommends against using a backrest
for double paddling. He claims it will cause lower back pain. I
like the idea of a backrest close behind, but not supporting my back
until I lean back to take a break. A duffle and a boat cushion or
two work well. I also found that just leaning back against the aft
bulkhead while wearing a PFD provides a comfortable resting/drifting
- I think your problem is mostly technique. I should know, since I seem to have the same problem. First, I can't see much reason for an offset paddle unless you're paddling into a strong wind, and the offset seems harder on the wrists. Here's the main trick. You're trying to make it work with the paddle as horizontal as possible, and that's not wha Toto is designed for. She's meant to be paddled with the paddle quite close to vertical. Almost like a single paddle that you can flip to switch sides. This brings the thrust in closer, which yaws the boat much less. I hate how this gets me wet, so I actually find a single paddle more civilized in Toto. With the trust brought in closer, the skeg is enough as designed. To paddle "flatter", you need a bigger skeg, a higher seat, and probably a narrower boat! --Rob
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- Thanks to all who responded
I will try a longer paddle with no offset and some
type of seat setup. I am not sure I really want to sit
any higher in the boat. I was sitting on a throwable
cushion when I was paddling... I may have been doing
some type of "J" stroke so as the paddle left the
water at the end of the stroke is was pushing to the
side instead of the back..
Joe thanks for the link below... I love your boats...
--- Joe Tribulato <scsbmsjoe@...> wrote:
> Look at my Duckworks article on Le Petit Bateau. The
> cut down resin
> chair, foot brace and 8ft paddle with no offset have
> worked well for
> me. Link:
> All my flat botttom boats need a skeg to function.__________________________________________________
> Joe T
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- As an experienced double-paddler in both whitewater boats (which turn
even when you don't want to) and sea kayaks (which track straight for
50 yards without any stroking), I'll just say... see what Rob said. I
think he nailed it. And as for the drip-on-your-lap problem,
seakayakers sometimes put little rubber cuffs on the paddles about a
foot inboard of the blade to prevent that.
Well, I'll add one more thing to Rob's advice - those squiggles in the
wake will eventually straighten out even without a skeg. It helps if
you maintain a steady rhythm while paddling. Steady gentle stroking
rather than giant lunges and occasional big corrections. Tiny
corrections become part of your stroke, kind of like riding a bicycle.
But a skeg will make things simpler on flatwater.
On Thursday, June 1, 2006, at 09:37 AM, Rob Rohde-Szudy wrote:
> I think your problem is mostly technique. I should know, since I seem
> to have the same problem. First, I can't see much reason for an offset
> paddle unless you're paddling into a strong wind, and the offset seems
> harder on the wrists. Here's the main trick. You're trying to make it
> work with the paddle as horizontal as possible, and that's not wha
> Toto is designed for. She's meant to be paddled with the paddle quite
> close to vertical. Almost like a single paddle that you can flip to
> switch sides. This brings the thrust in closer, which yaws the boat
> much less. I hate how this gets me wet, so I actually find a single
> paddle more civilized in Toto. With the trust brought in closer, the
> skeg is enough as designed. To paddle "flatter", you need a bigger
> skeg, a higher seat, and probably a narrower boat! --Rob
- Eric --
Last year we took Cormorant up to Indian Lake (probably passing within
15 miles of your house on the way up Rt. 30), but this year we dropped
that trip in favor of an August cruise in Maine (Penobscot Bay), plus
Cape Cod in July. There's a chance we'll do a late-season weekend on
I'd love to see the AF4G some day, somehow.
In any case -- happy boating!
> Garth,, Maybe we can catch up to you this summer if
> you are out sailing..
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