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Broken Rod Repair???

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I had a guest on my boat. He picked up my new Cumara to move it. Well somehow he got it caught under the cleat and tried to pick it up. It snapped clean in half right in the middle. I was mad and frustrated at first but it was an honest mistake so I'm over it now. For him to replace it would be rather difficult since he's on medical disability and in financial difficulty. I'm going to buy a new one to replace it but I keep looking at those two perfectly clean broken ends and think what a waste. Surely someone has the ability to sleeve them back together. I looked it up and there was an article by some guy named Ralph O'Quinn that describes this very kind of repair. I couldn't find a number for him but there maybe there are other's that can do it. Any ideas or contacts?

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I don't believe Ralph is working anymore, he's in his late 80s I believe.  Just about any rod builder should be able to fix that for you.

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Do not give up on that rod.  Repairs can be made that will allow the rod to be almost perfectly like it was before.  Here's how:    http://www.rodbuilding.org/library/repair-oquinn.html

I would get a good repairman who has done it before, but anyone good with detail work can do it.  Read the article a few times before trying it to make sure you get the subtleties involved.  It sounds like the rod broke in the high power/stress area of the rod, so you'll want to do it right, but I think it can be salvaged quite nicely.

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13 hours ago, MickD said:

Do not give up on that rod.  Repairs can be made that will allow the rod to be almost perfectly like it was before.  Here's how:    http://www.rodbuilding.org/library/repair-oquinn.html

I would get a good repairman who has done it before, but anyone good with detail work can do it.  Read the article a few times before trying it to make sure you get the subtleties involved.  It sounds like the rod broke in the high power/stress area of the rod, so you'll want to do it right, but I think it can be salvaged quite nicely.

That is the exact article I read. So i know it can be done.I also know I'm not the guy to do it.  I'm not a rod builder so I need to find a good one. I'm not gonna give up on her yet. She's broken pretty clean about 6" above the 1st guide so I would think it's in the high power area of the rod.

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On 8/27/2016 at 8:32 PM, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

Where are you located?

Montana

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The problem with DIY broken rod repair is that to do it properly, you need specific pieces of graphite and fiberglass blanks that fit the broken area of the rod.  Unless you are a rod builder, it's unlikely that you'll have the right scrap blank parts laying around for that.  Send it to a builder who knows what he's doing and you'll get a rod back that performs as well as it did before the accident.  I have one repaired 7' jig rod that was fixed 10 yrs ago and has worked flawlessly ever since.

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