Paddles generate the most power when vertical to the surface

Paddles generate the most power when vertical to the surface as at Paddle C. Paddle A consumes most of its energy in forcing its way through the water and provides no forward momentum to a vessel until it arrives at the location of B. Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library.

 

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