How to Repair a Wood Kayak Paddle

How to Repair a Wood Kayak Paddle
If you notice a crack or damage in your wooden kayak paddle while you are at home, you have the option of purchasing a new one. However, if you are out on a kayak trip, you are less likely to find a replacement. You'll need a way to repair your paddle until you get back home. Keeping a few key supplies onboard will get you through the trip with a simple frapping repair.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Parachute line, jute or cord
  • Waterproof glue
Step 1
Glue the shaft of the paddle together with waterproof glue.
Step 2
Place one end of the parachute line, jute or cord on the pole near the break and run it up the length of the pole away from the break for a few inches.
Step 3
Wrap the cord around the pole, working it back toward the break. Each loop of the cord should be made tight to the pole and right next to the previous loop with no gaps.
Step 4
Wrap the cord past the break for several inches on the other end. Make the final few loops slightly loose so that you can thread the cord under them.
Step 5
Thread the end of the cord under and pull tight. This will tighten up those final few loops and secure the end of the cord so that it can't unravel.

Tips & Warnings

Glue the cord in place if you prefer not to hold it with one hand while completing the task.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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