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TOPIC: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome!

Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 6 months ago #35684

  • JJPaddlin
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Hi everyone,

I just broke my paddle on the Ottawa at Coliseum and would have really loved to not C1 the rest of the river. I have come up with an idea for a compact collapsible four piece paddle and was wondering if anyone here a) would want one if I did a kickstarter and b) have any opinions on what they would like to see in a breakdown? I figure that it will cost about 150 USD per paddle to make a nice fiberglass one.

Thanks for your input!

JJ
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Re: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 6 months ago #35685

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Keep a set of hand paddles in your boat. Lighter, simpler. Unless you have to paddle far, or if the section is serious. Just a thought.
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Re: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 5 months ago #35692

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I would recommend the hand paddles also. I made a couple sets for about $15-$20 in materials. They work great and fit in my stern under my float bags. Here is the link if you want to make a set yourself.

adrian.playak.com/index.php/articles-mai...our-own-hand-paddles
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Re: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 5 months ago #35693

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richvrm wrote:
I would recommend the hand paddles also. I made a couple sets for about $15-$20 in materials. They work great and fit in my stern under my float bags. Here is the link if you want to make a set yourself.

adrian.playak.com/index.php/articles-mai...our-own-hand-paddles

I do apologise for the broken links for those files in that article. Once every few months someone mails me to ask for the PDF/DWG files. I will make a plan to rectify that article. In the meantime, please shoot me a mail and I'll gladly mail you the templates :)
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Re: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 5 months ago #35694

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Email me at [mail address protected from spambots with javascript] I have them on my work computer.
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Re: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 5 months ago #35698

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Another possibility is to use neoprene hand paddles, like these ones from Bellyak: bellyak.com/products/bellyak-pro-glove/ . Advantage is that they are even easier to carry, plus you can still use your finger for simple tasks. I think Speedo makes those as well. They don't give you quite the same paddling power as those made of hard materials though...
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Re: Breakdown Paddle Idea - Thoughts and Comments Welcome! 2 years 5 months ago #35699

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richvrm wrote:
Email me at [mail address protected from spambots with javascript] I have them on my work computer.

Please do not distribute my files. I have not given you permission. Of course you can do as you wish, and I would never know. But please respect this. Thanks.
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