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 Post subject: Secure Your Paddle
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:48 pm 
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If you've ever had your paddle catch some water and start cartwheeling like this hapless kayaker, it definitely gets your attention!
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The early Adventures with the single mount bungee retainer are particularly vulnerable. Here's a simple way to keep the paddle where it belongs.

This requires a light bow line (I use 550 parachute cord -- small, strong and unobtrusive). Here's a typical installation:
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Pass your forward paddle blade inboard underneath the line...
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...and back around over the line (note -- the line should be taut so there will be some resistance):
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Then bungee in position as usual. This will cradle your paddle's forward shaft, preventing it from diving.
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This keeps your paddle quickly available yet solidly secured. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:28 am 
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Excellent Idea. My paddle "cartwheeled" out of my yak one day while heading out of an inlet into the ocean with a screaming tidal flow. It caught a reel on the way up and that was the last I saw of a $140 outfit. Live and learn. Thanks RR for another great tip!
Larry


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:01 pm 
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Hmmm RR--that "hapless kayaker" sure looks a lot like your twin brother! :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 10:38 am 
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Dick, upon close inspection, I do see a resemblance. I think that guy's handle is Slopoke and you can see why! He also has an Adventure so he must have excellent taste, despite an apparent lack of coordination! :wink:


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