I make and use only single paddles. If you followed Verlen Kruger's adventures you can see he used only a single bladed paddle, and that was all his life, in all the types of canoes and kayaks and hybrids he used. I've tried both and find , like Chuck, the single blade can get you in and out of the tightest places while canoeing, but that long monster can cause problems. They're fine for some, but I guess I just go into so many creeks and bays that only a single blade works for me.
I make the modified beavertail, from scraps left over from making cedar strip canoes. I've currently got 38 of the buggers. Love 'em and just get a kick out of making 'em. I use the pattern and plans described in the book by Gil Kilpatrick.
Dapper Al----------------Keep Moving.