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Old 08-27-2011   #1
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best way to store breakdown paddle?

What's the best way to store a breakdown paddle in the back of your kayak?

If you have regular float bags how do you ensure the BD paddle doesn't come out if you swim??

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Old 08-27-2011   #2
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I have my Lendal breakdown in a mesh bag. Blades under the float bag. The mesh bag tied to the seat tie ins.

This has worked for several years. I am getting some feedback that the entire paddle needs to be stored in a waterproof bag. Jacks Plastic Welding makes a tent dry bag that would serve for that. Prolly the best way, but a bit more extra weight. What the hay it is a creek boat loaded with all sorts of stuff anyway.
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Old 08-28-2011   #3
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Mesh bag is what i use, but have been meaning to do something to protect the paddle ends. They do get scuffed up, as could your boat. i think bouncing around up on the rack can be tough on them. I've thought about cutting a plastic bottle and using stretch cord to hold 2 of them tight onto the shaft ends, but haven't done it.

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Old 08-28-2011   #4
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I have a 3 peice taped together with electrical tape so it stays as one. It it mounted upright in stern against the pillar and cam strapped to the pillar to keep it from bouncing around.
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Old 08-28-2011   #5
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Depends on the breakdown I guess. I have a lendal 4 piece. Each piece has at least one small hole in it. I ran a thin cord through holes in two of the pieces (1 blade, and 1/2 of the shaft), tied the cord off to form a loop, and binered the loop in to the boat, and stuffed them on one side of the stern under the float bag. Did the same with the other two pieces and put them on the other side of the boat. Won't come loose in a swim. If only one piece has a hole, you can duct tape the other piece to the one with the hole. Make sure you don't put duct tape over the connection points where the shafts fit together, or you may have a hard time getting them connected.

I used to store the pieces in a dry stow bag when I used those as my everyday float bags.

I also used a mesh bag for a while, but depending on the bag, you may need to loop cord around the bag opening and tie a knot to ensure that the bag can not open unless you want it to.
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Old 08-29-2011   #6
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My buddy drilled small holes in the blades (plastic) and screwed it in to his boat using his bulkhead adjustment screws. The shaft than ran along side the boat behind the hip pads. Pretty slick looking setup.

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Old 08-29-2011   #7
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thanks for the ideas. i'm gonna try the mesh bag tied in with normal float bags. i've been keeping my 4 piece player in my wildwasser stow bags, but those things kindof suck as everyday float bags.
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Old 08-29-2011   #8
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a method I use is to put the blades on the shafts as a 2 piece and wedge the shafts to the stern and blades at the sides of my seat. I then put my seat back in position and tighten it back up. The short side rattles a little but does not come out. then I put my float bags back in and blow em up. full flotation no problem.
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I gorilla tape the two shaft pieces together at the top and bottom along with a loop of thin spectra. I then gorilla tape the blades to the shafts. This package clips with a biner to the back of my seat and will not come out of the stern without unclipping the biner or catastrophic failure (seat loop fails, seat comes out, gorilla tape rips, spectra fails). So far so good with a few ghost boat tests. It doesn't bounce around much with the float bags fully inflated.
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I think using the wildwasser bag is a great idea, I have swam and had all the gear ripped out of my boat (it was all straped in) and the bag held up and allowed me to find my bag with paddle in it a week later, so it definitely holds up to abuse.
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