Product Fit Guide
This page is a resource to help you find out if your paddle shaft will fit the Maui Blade shaft clamps.
The Maui Blade comes with a pair of 30mm Internal Diameter shaft clamps. These clamps are designed to accomodate the vast majority of SUP paddles currently on the market. The rule of thumb is as follows:
- If your paddle has a round shaft section below the handle with an external diameter less than 34 milimeters you will be able to use the clamps supplied.
- If your paddle has a round shaft section below the handle with an external diameter between 34 to 30 milimeters you will be able to use our clamps without any need for shimming.
- If your paddle has a round shaft section below the handle with an external diameter of less than 30 milimeters you will need to shim your clamp by wrapping the paddle shaft with self-sealing rubber tape. More information on this is provided in resources.
- Our clamps will work with:
- Carbon Fiber shafts
- Fiberglass Shafts
- Aluminum Shafts
- Graphite Shafts
- Wooden Shafts
- Bamboo Shafts
- Our special Delrin Nylon clamps are precision machined and the clamp will not cause crushing damage to your paddle shaft from over-tightening.The nylon plastic is a softer durometer material than most paddle shafts and will not tend to scratch or mar the paddle shaft during use.
Special Paddle Shafts
- Oval Paddle Shafts - Paddle shafts with oval sections below the handle will generally be able to be clamped providing the oval is not excessivly radical. Mild oval shapes less than 29mm in diameter at the widest point will work best with a small to moderate ammount of rubber shimming.
- Bent Paddle Shafts - The pair of clamps used to hold the Maui Blade require approximatley four inches of straight paddle shaft section directly below the handle. If there is excessive tube bend in the top four inches of the paddle shaft the Maui Blade clamps may not be able to be attached properly.
- Adjustable Paddle Shafts - Adjustable paddle shafts may be attached above or below the adjustment collar, either on the handle section of the shaft or on the paddle section of the shaft depending on the user preference. Sometimes mounting the clamps on the handle section of the shaft can limit the amount of adjustability of the paddle. In this case it might be advantageous to mount the blade on the paddle section of shaft just below the adjustment collar provided this mounting position will not be abnormally low and tend to interfere with stroke technique.
- Tapered Paddle Shafts - Tapered paddle shafts typically flare from the middle section tapering to a narrow section of shaft just below the handle. Extra care must be taken that the top most clamp meets the minimum recommended outside diamenter of 22mm. Shimming paddle shafts with over 8mm of rubber shim is not recommended and can lead to unstable mounting if not done properly.