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I repaired a dragon boat paddle that had been run over...

50mm Kevlar tape front and back, long lengths of carbon strand wrapped around every 100mm for a contrast, PVC electrical tape wrapped around to squeeze excess resin out and keep it all in place. The choice of tape was based on what was in my box of fibreglass stuff.

Rough and dirty fix so I can use it on the Hobie 18 when the wind dies.  It lives under the tramp just in front of the rear beam.

Added bonus.. the original owner of the paddle became my crew on the Hobie

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Snapped at the cervix.

Now ya talking. :thumbup: Got kevlar aviation glass (tight weave) Hard to wet out tho. That carbon tube sleeve material looks perfect.

Got peel ply, which I was going to tape at one end and spiral wrap it to get the excess out.

Just keeping it lined up will be fun. Maybe weld  a support, with of two pieces of channel for each end.

Will keep electrical tape on hand as backup

Just been told here: * No swimming,surfing,fishing,hunting, tramping.......

 

 

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12 hours ago, lateral said:

I'm not waster like x% of the planet.

Repair, recycle, make it work where ever possible.

Obvious thats not on your agenda.

??.. but you are a waster and a polluter by repairing it. Your wasting time, product, usiing solvents to clean up and for what....  To repair a carbon paddle that are made in the millions despite your nobel efforts to fix one.

The manufacturers production processes will be more efficient and less wastefull for a whole paddle than your repair efforts

Also with repairs this small you generally buy more product than you need... So you are adding to the waste and environmental pollution.

 If you want save the planet, don't buy composite toys, build one yourself out of renewables such as wood.

I think it's admirable that you want to repair it, I would have done the same thing yrs ago, but with so much waste in the world uncontrolled, your one repair is but a drop in the ocean..

Then what do you do when it breaks again? Repair or replace?

 

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1 hour ago, Sailing NZ said:

 Your wasting time, product, usiing solvents to clean up and for what....  To repair a carbon paddle that are made in the millions despite your nobel efforts to fix one.

Also with repairs this small you generally buy more product than you need... So you are adding to the waste and environmental pollution.

 If you want save the planet, don't buy composite toys, build one yourself out of renewables such as wood.

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* I built my boat (re). I have learn't to be extremely economic with cleaners/solvent. (vinegar , & acetone)

*I mostly have the materials. My left overs get used.

*The paddle was given to me broken. It was heading for tip.

*Can't argue with last point.

 

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3 minutes ago, lateral said:

* I built my boat (re). I have learn't to be extremely economic with cleaners/solvent. (vinegar , & acetone)

*I mostly have the materials. My left overs get used.

*The paddle was given to me broken. It was heading for tip.

*Can't argue with last point.

 

I was not judging you. I was just point out there is another way at looking at repair v replace and your methodology's.

No one wrong here. Just different perspectives.

I wasted many hour doing exotic repair on all sorts of stuff. 

Like most yachties, I've spent years with my body exposed to Marines finest toxins.

My first car, back in the day, ended up costing more than a new one ( over 5 years) and I eventually learnt that replace was better for the environment, my sanity, and health, than repair... But gee I learnt a lot. Repaired / rebuild engines, gearboxes, diffs, clutchs, suspension...

 

Remember, exposure to toxins reduces your life. Exposure is cumulative, Health is everything!.... This to me means replace instead of repair.

 

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Yip it is fun, especially making cheap 4 peice polystyrene moulds, fairing them with sheetrock, taping them with cheap Brown packing tape, then doing some exotic carbon layup. Then spraying with many coats of 2 pack clear poly.

Made my first surf board with polystyrene home made blank ( liberated the poly from a cool store waste area), with ply insert longitudinal centre stringers then glassed with epoxy, cured, cut hole in the back ( transom) then dissolved the poly out with petrol!...   What a nightmare...

 

Couldn't have a naked flame (Not even the girlfriend) Within a meter! of that bad boy.. it was a shocker.  But light as

You learn so much,. But as you get older, wealthier, and time challenged , you just buy it !

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