I noticed in some of the pics that Josh Roberts put up, that his paddle appeared to be stowed on the starboard side of his ORU kayak, and he referred me to a post that he wrote regarding the addition of clips at the end of his dangling straps for just that purpose. That inspired me to come up with a similar solution using some Marine grade “Lift-the-Dot” snaps (Nickel finish on Brass / Stainless Steel, and I see that they also come in anodized black now) that I had leftover from our boating years. When stopping to have lunch for instance, this is a one-handed solution to stowing your paddle out of the way, yet still being able to clip your two kayaks together, since the clip hasn’t been obligated to paddle stowage.
Being a newbie, I am not familiar with Oru’s evolvement of developments for the Inlet, but I was wondering what the pair of Velcro tabs on the starboard rail were intended for (were they there to simply keep the strap from dangling in the water?)
I had another idea today, after finishing the snap mod on my second kayak: If the Velcro tabs are fed through each of the two strap loops, Oru has already provided a built-in paddle holder without having to do any modification! Is that an unintended feature, or is that what the Velcro tabs are for?