I hear what you say about paddles and I always carry a set although I don’t know how good they will be against a running tide, not a lot I guess
River a couple of weeks ago:
Even if the wind or tide is strong and you cannot row or paddle against it at least you should be able to row/paddle your self away from drifting into some sort of danger or in big waves just been able to keep your bow to the oncomming seas.
hoars or Paddles can be usefull in many other ways too ,,On a boat ,,
.something to wave and attract attention .
.can be used as a punt pole or test the depth of water .
Some Hand flares will slide on the end of some paddles so that it keeps the hot flare at arms length.
.make shift mast for light or radar reflector..or emergency tent pole for a cover .
.on one of my old D class boats i had a canvas stretcher with 2 sleaves that the oars slid through so they could be used to carry someone.
.even a boat hook with a few modifications .
. . fending off pirates and jet skiers.
and for clouting the plonker that left the spare fuel and Anchor behind in the first place