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 Post subject: Paddle storage?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:26 pm 
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Do you guys store your Hobie paddle inside your boat? I didn't spend much time trying to get it in there but it doesn't look like it will fit in the front hatch.


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 Post subject: Re: Paddle storage?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:35 pm 
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I generally use just half the paddle with the T-handle. I store the other half in the hull. I slip it in though the front hatch and use a small bungee loop connected to a plastic ball to hold it in place along side the bottom rod tube.

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 Post subject: Re: Paddle storage?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:40 am 
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I use the full paddle and it is secured to clips that are attached to one of the side rails, I found the clips at West Marine. out of the way but easily accessed when needed. Scotty makes a cool paddle clip:
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 Post subject: Re: Paddle storage?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:15 am 
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atavuss wrote:
I use the full paddle and it is secured to clips that are attached to one of the side rails, I found the clips at West Marine. out of the way but easily accessed when needed. Scotty makes a cool paddle clip:
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It looks like Hobie actually connected this paddle mount directly to the paddle shaft as opposed to mounting it to the rail on the PA12. Did I see this right in the video on the website? I like this idea as it seems to make placement of the paddle very flexible.

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 Post subject: Re: Paddle storage?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:21 am 
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It will fit in, under the front hatch liner. When you place it inside there are two foam floatation pieces that have to be pushed rearward a few inches, but it will store inside.

The paddle has been pretty useless for me except as a possibility for emergency if the drive fails. I use a push pole to push off of banks or to push along in very shallow water.

I think the Native paddle mount on the side rail would be the best if you feel you need the paddle.


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 Post subject: Re: Paddle storage?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:49 am 
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I would much rather push pole in the shallows which is what I always did in my pirogues anyway. I just used a paddle though. I think with the PA I'd like to get an actual push pole though and keep the paddle in the hull for emergencies. Now to try and find a decent 14' or so push pole that won't cost me $300!!!


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