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I bought a wooden Klepper paddle from an Ebay seller, and am interested in knowing whether it is something I can actually use (which is why I bought it), or is more suitable for use as part of a nautical themed home decor. It should arrive sometime next week.
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Well, this would be a "hearsay evidence" on my part, but the word is that wooden paddles by Klepper are very basic - they are included for free with new boats. Folbot includes low-end aluminum-shaft paddles ($60 or $70 new). Low-end 2-piece paddles start from $50 or 60: http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_deta ... 6446401880 (canadian store, so divide the price by 1.25).Christov_Tenn wrote: $49.00 is pretty cheap, from what I've been seeing at places like REI and Lightning Paddles, for a two-piece paddle.
OTH, Lightning is the very top of the line - it's like a Porshe of paddles. I'm using a $120 Aquabound, - this would be somewhere in the middle of the line-up.
Basic is o.k., right now. I'm a beginner and am trying to limit expense. Did purchase better, lighter weight paddle for my wife. When I can justify to myself the expense of a better paddle, I'll hang the decorative Klepper paddle on the livingroom wall (but won't actually subject it to veneration ).Alm wrote:
Well, this would be a "hearsay evidence" on my part, but the word is that wooden paddles by Klepper are very basic - they are included for free with new boats.
The Klepper paddles look a lot like the older Folbot paddles, which I'd've bid on had there been just one for sale, as opposed to the usual pair at auction.
My two centavos? As to free, it's more likely the company factors in the cost of the paddles to the cost of their boats. Because they buy in volume, the cost of the paddles to the boat-makers is probably a break-even item or a slight loss chalked up to the cost of doing business.
Pakboats, for instance, doesn't include paddles with their boats, but does sell them as accessories.
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