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Broken paddle

#1 Post by paperboy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:42 am

Bought a new paddle two peice fibreglass & plastic for my spare
yak .Was giving it a go yesterday , crossing a river mouth on a run out
tide , put on a bit of a sprint for the last bit & the shaft split &
the blade snapped out Could have ended badly but fortunatley
only a minor drama glad I wasn't a couple of km out could have been interesting
Has anyone ever had this happen, I am thinking a strongly worded
email to a certain manufacturer may be on the cards

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Re: Broken paddle

#2 Post by Steve R » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:17 am

paperboy wrote: I am thinking a strongly worded
email to a certain manufacturer may be on the cards
Have you had a discussion with the shop from who you bought it and they say, "bad luck, its out of warranty"? If so, when you write to the manufacturer, catch your flies with honey. Start with a friendlier approach. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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Re: Broken paddle

#3 Post by Matt S » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:44 am

if it was only a day old the shop should help. otherwise be nice in your first email. as said already "more flies with honey" then if that doesnt work Name and shame!!
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Re: Broken paddle

#4 Post by ua5qb » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:21 pm

Looking at the broader aspects of this, how many people have brought this manufacturer's paddle and could be placed in a life threatening situation because of it construction.

I'd go to the manufacturer and ask them not only to replace it but investigate the problem. Going back to the shop will get you a new paddle, and broken one will probably end up in bin.

Mind you if you had a mirage drive. :wink: :wink: :wink:

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Re: Broken paddle

#5 Post by paperboy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:17 pm

Firstly couldnt do mirage drive I would struggle with the whole pedal/Pedal thing :lol:
After a bit of quick research I discovered ,paddle made in china for a retail company that runs a bunch of other companies but I wont name names.So I sent them an email explaining what
occured and how under different cicumstances ,or for someone older or less experienced it
could have been disasterous and that product should be looked at.
Thanks for the advice guys ,will let you all know what if anything comes of it.
I wont have any problems getting it exchanged but wont be overly confident in it
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Re: Broken paddle

#6 Post by Occy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:05 pm

It's more common than you think, especially now that every man and his dog is having them made in China to a price.
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Re: Broken paddle

#7 Post by dru » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:36 pm

Occy wrote:It's more common than you think...
x2.

Snapped a $500 carbon paddle fishing in the harbour a couple of years back. I refused to accept a replacement on the basis of confidence and lack of proven ability.

It is a life safety issue that the manufacturer should be accountable for.

That said, a back up paddle, webbed paddle gloves or similar would be a good step for all of us.
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Re: Broken paddle

#8 Post by Occy » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:33 am

Yep totally agree with Dru. A back up paddle is a really good idea, particularly if you will be traveling a fair distance or going outside. Most of the experienced sea kayakers I know wouldn't leave home without one.
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Re: Broken paddle

#9 Post by dru » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:19 pm

Without that back up paddle we are saying that if necessary we are cool to swim home. And I dont bother with the back up on local fitness paddles here in the inner harbour. Note to self, dont get complacent with summer coming and getting ready to head off shore.

This does NOT excuse the manufacturer. Nil tolerance on a safety issue.
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Re: Broken paddle

#10 Post by Jamie D » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:48 pm

I have thought of the broken paddle offshore scenario . Especially going as far out as I do and to be honest I'd always thought checking the paddle over for weaknesses before hand was prudent and worst case scenario surely you could just paddle like a canoe ? Rather than taking a back up paddle I mean the idea has merrit for sure without question , but what a farkon pain in the arse having to Stowe it somewhere

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Re: Broken paddle

#11 Post by dru » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:02 pm

In my personal experience the paddle like a canoe thing lost amusement very quickly. Very. And completely I had little control. Cost me my favourite rod.

Yes you can do this. For me the C Plan.

My favourite back up paddle (and mine needs replacing) is a 2 piece greenland stick. Takes no space and sits easily on deck. Can be paddled properly with a very sweeping horizontal stroke. So almost comes with a second set of muscles if I strip my gears with my usual vertical stroke.

The GS is a good thing. Much better than trying to adapt a J stoke in wind waves 4k out.
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Re: Broken paddle

#12 Post by bruus » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:29 pm

Jamie D wrote:Rather than taking a back up paddle I mean the idea has merrit for sure without question , but what a farkon pain in the arse having to Stowe it somewhere
I always take 2 paddles with me on the 495. I just put them in the centre hatch and hasn't bothered me. I do this with either a 1 or 2 piece paddle depending on which I feel like paddling with on the day.

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Re: Broken paddle

#13 Post by Jamie D » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:47 pm

Good stuff Bruus and Dru . I Still don't like the idea of carrying a spare paddle, but either the webbed gloves or another option I'm definitely going to look into , it's a sensible idea and I acknowledge that .

Thank you for the info

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Re: Broken paddle

#14 Post by Occy » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:52 pm

dru wrote:In my personal experience the paddle like a canoe thing lost amusement very quickly. Very. And completely I had little control. Cost me my favourite rod.

Yes you can do this. For me the C Plan.

My favourite back up paddle (and mine needs replacing) is a 2 piece greenland stick. Takes no space and sits easily on deck. Can be paddled properly with a very sweeping horizontal stroke. So almost comes with a second set of muscles if I strip my gears with my usual vertical stroke.

The GS is a good thing. Much better than trying to adapt a J stoke in wind waves 4k out.
Those Greenland sticks are really interesting Dru. I used one in a SIK a while back and was amazed at how good it was. Not for everyone I acknowledge, but a boy are they an interesting alternative.
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Re: Broken paddle

#15 Post by Matt S » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:34 am

so would a couple off table tennis raquets work???? yes I know they wouldnt compare to a real paddle but they're cheap and take no space
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