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01/06/18 at 15:01:07

yankeeclipper   Offline
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Those of you who paddle outrigger and skinny surf skis-How do you carry extra paddle and supplies?
 
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Reply #1 - 01/06/18 at 18:15:42

gaelicfire   Offline
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Carefully?  I have a five part break down wing blade I use as a spare paddle and carry only what I need for 2 checkpoints. using soft pencil cases velcroed to the inside of the cockpit.  Anything I do not need quickly goes in the hatch if there is one, in my lap or in a deck bag.  Also a PFD like a Mocke with large pockets helps.

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Reply #2 - 01/06/18 at 21:53:49

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Here is a photo of my double blade as spare
 

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Reply #3 - 01/06/18 at 22:01:46

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And here is the single blade. I put down Velcro for attaching the foam blocks I cut out. The single blade uses the two blocks closest to the cockpit. The double blade uses the two farthest away. That way I can switch between checkpoints, from the cockpit.

Required safety gear that I don't need access to is in a small dry bag in a rear hatch. A three liter water bladder goes under my seat. I fuel with perpetuem so I get by with one 26 ounce bottle for 5 hours. Any other misc stuff (very little) is in a gallon ziploc in the floor. Thats all I carry.

Oh,  I almost forgot. A tube of Aquaphor Velcro'd to the inside of my hull where it is quick and easy to access.
 

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Reply #4 - 01/07/18 at 08:10:34

GoneOutdoors2   Offline
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Thanks,  for the tips,  this will be my second MR340, but first time in a ski.  What size or length is your single blade?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Reply #5 - 01/07/18 at 14:47:40

brad126   Offline
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Mine  are all 48-49" long. Ideally, they would be a little shorter for a ski or probably even with my OC1, but I also paddle a C2 some and that length allows use in all of the boats I paddle.
 
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Reply #6 - 01/08/18 at 17:37:04

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Is the spare paddle a spare, or a planned alternative?

If you plan to use the alternative paddle (switching between double and single blading), your biggest consideration is ability to switch between them. You can greatly simplify secure storage of the one you aren't using by only switching at checkpoints. The foam block system to allow you to switch out paddles while floating down the river can work, but if you're going down that path, highly suggest you incorporate switching between those paddles into your training runs.

Having a back-up double is unnecessary; get a paddle leash for your primary. A paddle leash is always a good idea in a tippy boat when paddling in current. If you take a swim, all you have to do is not let go of the paddle, and you'll never be separated from the boat. The odds of breaking your double during the race are really really low.

I'd suggest determining what other gear you need, and which of it needs to occupy the prime real estate of arms reach behind your seat. Your switching practice needs to include having your other gear in its place, just in case it interferes with swapping paddles.
 
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