Here are a few pictures of the process I used to attach the Scotty 136 paddle clip directly to the shaft of my Hobie paddle. This is how the clip is mounted on the paddle for the new PA 12. Thanks for the tips, Jacques!
There is a plug inside the female end of the paddle shaft that is ony about 5 1/4" inside the shaft. This needs to be pushed further inside the shaft so the PVC can be inserted and still leave enough space for the male end of the other paddle or the T-handle. I used the 12" piece of 3/4" PVC and a rubber mallet to tap the plug into the shaft 11" -- I marked 11" on the PVC pipe as a guide. The PVC may be tight in the shaft, but the end left sticking out can be grabbed with a channel lock wrench and it can be easily pulled out.
I then cut a 5 1/2" section of PVC and tapped it down into the paddle shaft and used the other piece of PVC to seat it fully inside the shaft. I checked the depth of the PVC piece with a tape measure -- the tape should show 5 1/2" from the top of the PVC in the shaft to the top of the shaft opening. I removed the rubber splash ring from the paddle shaft and placed the paddle on the floor label side down. I then measured 11" down the outside of the paddle shaft and marked it with a silver Sharpie. I put the clip onto the paddle shaft and positioned it so the mounting holes were evenly spaced along the 5 1/2" piece of PVC, using the 11" mark as a guide. I marked the mounting holes on the paddle shaft using the Sharpie.
I removed the clip and reinstalled the rubber splash guard (don't forget this step or you will have to take everything off to put the splash guard on). I used a 1/8" drill bit to drill the first hole. I then flipped the clip over and started a 3/4" #10 stainless steel screw and washer with a neoprene washer between the clip and the paddle shaft. I included the neoprene washer to prevent plastic on fiberglass and any squeeks this may have caused. I tightened the screw enough to hold the clip in place and then drilled the other hole using the clip as a guide. I started the other screw, washer, and neoprene washer in the second hole and then tightened both equally. This is a very solid installation.
Here's a profile of what the rig will look like once installed. I ust slipped a scrap piece of PVC into the shaft to check the depth of the screws.
This is a great modification that will work with the single or double paddle. This will be really nice on the water with the paddle out of the way but completely accessible. Great idea Hobie!