Posted by: old_user on Apr-25-13 8:36 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
I just brough my first kayak and went out at the weekend. Really enjoyable and great exercise.
The only problem was that I got a very wet lap with water running off my paddle.
The paddle is one piece construction and does not have drip rings. I looked on ebay and the drip rings on there can only be installed on a 2 piece paddle.
Any anyone give some advice about what I can add to the paddle to stop the water??
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Split drip rings|
Posted by: wavespinner on Apr-25-13 8:46 AM (EST)
Drip rings can be cut|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Apr-25-13 8:47 AM (EST)
You can get drip rings from virtually any outfitter. They won't break the bank. As long as the ring internal diameter is about the same as your shaft diameter, just slit the rings and slip them on. They'll stay where you put them and still do their job keeping water out of your lap!
Posted by: kwikle on Apr-25-13 9:03 AM (EST)
At some point.|
Posted by: magooch on Apr-25-13 9:46 AM (EST)
I don't think you mentioned what kind of paddling you are into. If it's white water, then yes it's probably going to be kind of wet anyway. However, if you're more into the more genteel type of paddling, it doesn't have to be wet. Also, if that is the case, you also are likely going to discover that a two piece paddle with the ability to feather will come in handy at times. If that happens, most likely you'll have your drip rings.
you need a half skirt|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-25-13 9:31 AM (EST)
Second spray skirt|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-25-13 9:32 AM (EST)
Personally I never found drip rings to assure dryness, just reduce wetness. Paddles and water tend to result in some splash. And as pointed out above it is a wet sport.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-25-13 9:41 AM (EST)
Thanks for the help guys.
Are you sure...|
Posted by: tempest170 on Apr-25-13 9:48 AM (EST)
It's from the lack of drip rings? My first kayak was a Pelican 100 and came with a cheap Pelican paddle. It turned out that the water was leaking into where the blade of the paddle meets the shaft and getting inside the shaft. Then as I went along my merry way the water was leaking out of where the paddle connects in the middle. Some silicone helped that... just my .02
Posted by: old_user on Apr-25-13 10:01 AM (EST)
Posted by: tempest170 on Apr-25-13 10:08 AM (EST)
I didn't see you wrote one piece paddle.
won't inhibit exit|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-25-13 11:02 AM (EST)
The half skirt I suggested should not be a nuisance at all when entering or exiting. The bungie stretches and you can easily pop it loose or even just climb out with it in place. These are a lot easier to attach than a full skirt that wraps completely around your torso.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-25-13 11:09 AM (EST)
It's a water sport|
Posted by: fatdaddy on Apr-25-13 5:29 PM (EST)
Subtleties of paddling style affect how |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-13 7:16 PM (EST)
much water comes racing down the shaft.