Man that sucks, such an expensive damn fish.....hopefully the sale of the paddle will take some of the sting out of the loss.
I think the first thing I DIY'ed for my first PA12 was a leash for the Mirage Drive
(sorry, didn't mean to rub it in
) and later for my 12 y/o son's Revo 11.
He did have a close call a couple weeks back- we were at the launch, he was about 25 yards out just screw'in around when I saw him jump forward and grap at something.....the drive; he had pulled it to beach the boat but then decided to paddle around a bit and forgot to reconnect the leash. As he went to clip in the paddle, he caught the drive and almost flipped it out into 6-8' of dark brackish water. Lesson learned....for him!
Again, thanks for sharing.