I had the chance to inspect this paddle when it was returned to me. I determined that it was not cost effective to repair it.
That doesn't mean it couldn't be repaired but the damage is significant. The damage in the photo is as bad as it looks; that
crack goes through the CF into the core. There is no simple way to fix that paddle ("simple" being subjective). I would sink
at least $150 and 30 hours into it if I had to repair it properly. A couple things: the repair would require the finished be removed and redone.
The finish is a custom 2 tone fade paint job (blue pearl to white pearl). The other thing I am thinking: roughly 200 grams of material
are going to be on that end of the paddle to cover the crack and surrounding area.
Maybe 1/2 a roll of Gorilla tape warped around it would get you back home if you were out on an island somewhere and something like this happened to the paddle.
But I've never seen a UPS truck out on lake Superior so I am doubtful that something like this would happen.
I'm not going to say it "can't" be repaired, but it would most likely be off balance and aesthetically challenged.
If you're serious about fixing it up - give me a call and I'll see if I can scrape together a fix-it kit with the correct materials you'll need.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Paddler's Truck Rack
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