Learning of the pending demise of the trusty old Royalex canoe (posted here) helped me get off the fence and go ahead with the purchase of a Old Town Guide 119 for solo smallie fishing. To go along with this purchase, I am planning to buy a double bladed paddle, but have no idea what length to get. My Google searches have turned up recommendations for everything from 240cm to 280cm, (which is more than a 2' difference) and I don't know which way to go.
Some points to consider:
I'm 6' tall and almost that wide (not really, but let's go with "large framed");
The Old Town Guide 119 is 31" at the beam;
I plan to move the seat forward closer to the mid-line of the canoe and maybe drop it an inch or two lower than it comes from the factory;
When paddling my 16' tandem canoe I usually use a 53" straight-shaft, T-grip paddle.
So, those of you who have some experience using double bladed paddles with solo canoes, what length would you recommend I get?