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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:20 pm 
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Hello, I'm new here. I took delivery of a shiny new 2013 PA 14 last weekend. I bought it at Quest Watersports in Ottawa, IL, where they took excellent care of me.
I've only had the boat out twice so far, and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I even caught a 14" smallmouth from it, which was a real treat - catching a strong fish is a very different experience when it can swim under you!

I have about zero experience with kayaks, or boats in general for that matter. That said, I've found one thing about it that I consider rather odd, and that's the placement of the paddle clip.

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With the paddle clipped in there (and possibly even without it), the clip will be in the way of the molded-in rod holder. This isn't a big deal, as I don't expect to get much use out of those rod holders, but it seems like a weird place to put it when everything else on the boat has clearly had a lot of thought put into good design.

Anyhow, hello!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:31 am 
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That looks like the paddle holder has been installed in the wrong position from the factory - we made some assembly errors early on when we switched over to this new paddle clip design. It should be in the forward position (where your shock cord now dead ends) - easy solution, just swap the clip and pad eye and you're all set. I'll take a new photo for you and post in shortly.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:00 am 
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here is the paddle clip in the wrong location
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Here is the correct location
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Here is a photo showing with paddle and rod
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:10 am 
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Ah, I see. Excellent, thank you. Now I know what I'm doing after work tonight. :)

That is, assuming I don't take 'er out fishing instead!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:04 pm 
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Does that paddle clip come with all new PA's? Or is this an accessorie?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:34 pm 
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That is not the paddle clip my 2013 PA 14 came with. This actually seems more functional. Mine came with a taco clip mounted to the paddle (Literally screwed into the paddle) :evil: , and I hate it! It clips to the rail, and is constantly in the way, and/or getting knocked off. I've just ordered the quickfist rubber clamp to mount my paddle on the boat more securely, but now I'm not sure I want to do that either.

Anyone have suggestions?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:48 pm 
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BigRedObsession wrote:
Does that paddle clip come with all new PA's? Or is this an accessorie?


It came with mine.

Swapping its location with the pad eye was simple - they just unscrew. I feel like a dork. I was envisioning a difficult bit of contortion inside the hull.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Hmmm...I'll have to look into this. My taco clip that came on my PA sucks. I have to bungee it on so it won't fall off. The Velcro ain't worth a (censored).


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:35 pm 
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I have the taco clip also. I'm guessing we all have first run 2013's. The paddle holder shown in this thread looks like one of the new Summer 2013 accessories I had my eye on but didn't pull the trigger because I would have installed it just like the thread starter did and giving up a rod holder was not an option for me.

I was going to attempt to unscrew it off the paddle and drill it into the side of the hull like how you hold a paddle on the Revolution but changed my mind.

JB, is there a exchange program for the taco clip owners?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:39 am 
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Hey JB.....Perfect!!! THANKS!!!

Just shared that with our staff and especially the Techies......great solution!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:49 pm 
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I placed an order for the new paddle clip today; $8.99+tax.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:07 am 
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I got my paddle clips yesterday and installed them. I said them I have a PA 12, I put 1 on each side. If you have a 14 you can put the other half in the front hatch. Works great.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:09 am 
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DoubleOSeven wrote:
I placed an order for the new paddle clip today; $8.99+tax.


Where did you get your paddle clip?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:59 pm 
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Kayaks by Bo in Titusville, you can get them from your local dealer.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:11 am 
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jesmo5 wrote:
That is not the paddle clip my 2013 PA 14 came with. This actually seems more functional. Mine came with a taco clip mounted to the paddle (Literally screwed into the paddle) :evil: , and I hate it! It clips to the rail, and is constantly in the way, and/or getting knocked off.

Anyone have suggestions?



I hate the "taco" clip as well. I don't use my paddle very often, but it was poorly thought out and limits how I use my paddle. I most keep the paddle broken down on board and only break it out if I am too shallow to peddle.


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