Made To Order Pathfinder Ottertail Canoe Paddle
This traditional blade is designed to be smooth and quiet through the water. The large surface area creates great capacity for power, but the narrow blade eases strain on the paddler’s body. This proves especially true as you log long days on the water. Elegant lines crafted from a single piece of wood make for a paddle that looks as good out of the water as it feels in it. A hand-rubbed, oil finish provides a butter smooth feel that’s easy to maintain for years to come.
Merrimack Signature one-piece paddles are built by our partners at Sanborn Canoe Co. exclusively for Merrimack Canoes.
Please note that there is a very wide variety in grain pattern between any given piece of walnut, ash, or cherry. Each paddle ordered can and will have differing contrast and tone than in the paddles shown. Because we are building paddles from a relatively limited supply of quality hardwoods, we can't guarantee a particular look or coloration for any given order.
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When I was first shopping for a paddle for my new Tennessean, I loved the look of the Pathfinder, but figured I wanted a square-bladed paddle since I like exploring shallow wetlands. I picked up a Carlisle Standard thinking it would be my spare, but then had the idea of using that as my designated shallow-water paddle and getting a Pathfinder as my deep-water paddle. And I'm so glad I did! I have no fear of hurting a Carlisle whacking it into a rock in shallow water, and then when I get somewhere deeper, I get to switch to this absolute DREAM of a paddle. So beautiful in walnut, so light next to my other paddle, and so smooth through the water! Really easy to twist it sideways at the end of a J-stroke and slide it back forward again, leaving the blade in the water the whole time. The Tennessean is a delight to paddle one way or the other, and the Pathfinder just makes it better.