I broke down and ordered an American Morse Equipment DCP Paddle kit. The XYL doesn't know it yet, but this will be her birthday gift to me. I figure this way I eliminate two birds with one stone - I get something I really want / need AND I eliminate the need for her to go out shopping.
I'll let her know that when she sees a package from American Morse to just wrap it and hand it to me on the appropriate day.
I chose the DCP for several reasons.
1) Price point - with shipping, we come in under $50.
2) Size - only 2.5 Ounces, and very small footprint - 1 1/2 x 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 Inch
3) Reputation - American Morse has a good reputation and deservedly so. They use the best materials.
4) Reviews - Favorable reviews on eHam. I know, reviews on eHam aren't always reliable; but they DO let you know when something out there is garbage.
Now I have to figure out what I am going to get my wife. Her birthday is two days after mine - but I have a good idea of what she wants, so it should be fairly easy.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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