Here’s a somewhat quick ‘n’ dirty way to transport a one-piece Greenland Paddle if you don’t have enough room inside your vehicle. Total cost was probably about $30 CAD at Home Depot, excluding the foam blocks mentioned below.
Materials needed are:
- 10’ piece of 4" CPVC sewer pipe
- 1 end cap
- 1 cleanout adapter
- 1 threaded cap
- CPVC cement
- 2 foam blocks for carrying the canoe you got rid of years ago after deciding you liked kayaking much better
- Heavy duty outdoor rated duct tape (yes, I’m serious)
Start by cutting the pipe to a more suitable length. Then glue on the end cap and cleanout adapter. Cut a radius in the bottom of the foam block that fits the pipe. Mount the foam blocks on the cross bars using the channels that would usually cradle the canoe gunwales. Set the pipe atop the foam, and duct tape the hell out of it.
This is a somewhat temporary solution for when I go out east very soon. I’d like to come up with a better mounting for the pipe, but would rather not spend a lot of time or money on it.
And yes, I know that multi-piece paddles are available as well.