The cheap kayak I bought came with a two-piece paddle that dripped water all over my lap and ran down my arms the first time I took it out on the water. A little bit of web research revealed that you can buy "drip rings" to put on your paddle which causes water from the paddle blades to drop off before it reaches either your hands or your lap.
Of course, since these little flat pieces of rubber have the name "kayak" in the name, the going rate is about $8 for about 3 cents worth of rubber. Being essentially a cheap guy, I decided to make my own and went down to the basement in search of something I could make work.
At first I looked for some flat rubber, thinking I would copy the standard "factory designed" products - but I was concerned about how I was going to cut a flat piece of rubber to just the right size to fit the paddle's shaft without being either too tight or too loose, and how was I going to get it to remain perpendicular to the shaft instead of flattening out and thus allowing those annoying water drips past?
Then I saw a stray "pool noodle" and it HIT me! (NO, not the noodle, at least not since the Great Drunken Pool Fight Of 2010.)
The center hole of the pool noodle was exactly the right size to fit over the paddle shaft, it was easy to work with, it would actually do double duty by keeping the paddle afloat should it be dropped - and best of all it was FREE! (OK, if you weren't at the Great Drunken Pool Fight Of 2010 you can get your own Pool Noodle at The Big Store Which Shall Not Be Named for under $4.)
This ain't rocket science, so feel free to chug a beer and follow me on this...though sharp instruments are involved, so caveat emptor.
Step 1: Materials
Here's what you'll need:
pool noodle (the kind with a 1" hole in the center)
large sharp knife (preferably serrated)