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Average Speed

how fast does the average paddler paddle? over time and top speed in a sprint? not so interested in the top paddler, but your average joe/jane. yes I know there is a big question as to what is "average" but please just give me your opinion and I will mash the data to suit.

The reason I am asking it that my first SOF is coming along nicely and I am already thinking about the next one. I know the long ones look nice, but why build a 20 footer if I will only paddle 2 or 3 mph. The extra length is just added weight along for the ride.