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spirit4earth

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Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:03:55 PM »
How have you guys shortened your Ke Nalus to 71-ish inches?  How do I do it if all their shafts are tapered?  Thanks for your help!

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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 05:39:53 PM »
I just heard from Lane that all I need to do is use extra glue.  Have any of you done this?

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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 05:40:54 PM »
Yes but not sure how short I have gone.
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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 06:32:38 PM »
My shortest kenalu is 75", so extra glue works in my case. Not sure about 71" though - might be pushing it although I think it might work just fine.
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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 07:04:41 PM »
Do the shafts continue to widen as you get further toward the blade?
Lane said hed had some OC guys shorten them to 50.
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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2018, 07:35:06 PM »
I've got my KeNalu shortened to 70" and it's been fine.  Just use a fair amount of glue all around the handle insert.  I did have some issues with the Extendable length handle due to the extra taper but the regular handles are fine.

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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 07:50:21 PM »
I've cut the shafts all the way to canoe length and used them without anything more than extra glue. I didn't expect it to work, but it wasn't a problem. I've also made kid length paddles. I generally use the extended ergo T for those kind of aggressively shortened paddles to give the glue some extra area to hold, but no problems in any case.
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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2018, 08:09:48 PM »
Just cut my wife shaft to 50" with no problem.
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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2018, 08:30:24 PM »
I have mine at 72", no problem whatsoever.
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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2018, 08:46:25 PM »
Good news all around!  No worries!

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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 01:12:20 PM »
Have shortened a couple down to 68. I use a glue gun, preheat with a hairdryer, and slather lots of the yellow glue.

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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2018, 03:08:47 PM »
I've shorten my from 92" all the way down to 90". Works fine ;D

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Re: Shortening a Ke Nalu paddle
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2018, 03:44:03 PM »
I've shorten my from 92" all the way down to 90". Works fine ;D

Yes but then you have to bend too much and it hurts your back :-)
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