I have several take-apart paddles and they all eventually take on water at the joints. I have used regular 3M duct tape around the joints and the buttons but it loosens and leaks after a while. Does anybody know any particular brand (and on-line source) of tape that lasts especially well for this? I also tried some 3M vinyl tape that seemed good for water-tightness but its adhesive is weak and it loosened pretty quickly.
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I'm at a loss for the reason for |
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-15-14 12:39 PM (EST)
the question. You need to take apart those two piece paddles ideally after every trip and make sure no sand and gunk is building up, and prevent the ferrule from locking up.
I'm not asking if I should, but how|
Posted by: harlingford on Jun-15-14 2:28 PM (EST)
As usual, someone asks a question here and gets more replies about why it is a stupid thing to do instead of actual helpful suggestions. First, if possible I'd like to avoid taking on water into the paddle during the day. Second, I often like to leave my paddles assembled for a week or so. One of the paddles is a 3-piece greenland paddle with screws at the joints. I take it apart for traveling but otherwise leave it together.
I didn't say the idea was|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-16-14 8:53 AM (EST)
necessarily stupid but just why the pieces needed to come apart.
TUCK, Not Duct!|
Posted by: vk1nf on Jun-15-14 8:15 PM (EST)
Tuck-Tape - the ugly red stuff you use for sealing Tyvek seams - works wonders. Sticks far better than duct tape - I've used it for attaching kayak cockpit padding for years. It has a lot better resistance to water than duct tape and for emergency purposes in camping - tent tears and the like. Drawbacks? It's hard to get off, leaves a red stain and looks ugly as sin...
Plastic electrical tape might be okay|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-15-14 2:58 PM (EST)
Plastic electrical take is not officially waterproof, but if applied carefully, is quite waterproof and should stay that way several days (I've seen it work as a repair method on automotive radiator hoses). If it fails too soon to suit you, it would take only a few seconds to remove (unlike duct tape), and a few more seconds to re-apply.
3M vinyl color|
Posted by: datakoll on Jun-17-14 8:24 PM (EST)
3M's colored vinyl electrical tape, number on the red roll here is '35' feels and applies with more flex contact to surface than black '33' thus more waterproof but slightly more tearable.
We used to take duct tape|
Posted by: jackL on Jun-15-14 3:07 PM (EST)
with us for emergency repairs, and then in one race where several light weight kevlar boats got holes punched in them, the duct tape came right off in the water.
Best duct tape I've found|
Posted by: redmond on Jun-15-14 5:57 PM (EST)
Nashua 398N. It's made for the nuclear industry, which makes me kinda worried that the nuclear industry uses duct tape! But, that's ok, this is good stuff. http://www.grainger.com/product/NASHUA-Duct-Tape-15R443?functionCode=P2IDP2PCP
Posted by: 123Abuelo on Jun-16-14 7:28 AM (EST)
I use this on my kayak to cover a drain hole. Been on there about 6 months now and still tight.
Posted by: radiomix on Jun-16-14 9:45 AM (EST)
Sold in home improvement stores for sealing joints of Zip board house sheathing.
Posted by: steveey on Jun-16-14 12:15 PM (EST)
Should be able to purchase in a hardware store , plumbing dept.
Posted by: harlingford on Jun-16-14 2:39 PM (EST)
Lots of great suggestions. And I apologize for my earlier annoyance, because the helpful suggestions outnumbered the "what would you want to do that for" by 10:1.