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Old 14 September 2004, 03:05   #11
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Tried 'paddling ' mine once with two people, got knowhere in the current.

Just carry enough rope , chain and anchor to stay put, perhaps a sea anchor and call for assistance. At least if you are safely afloat and can stay in around the same place , (outside of the shipping channel) somebody can come and get you.
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Old 14 September 2004, 06:51   #12
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How about sticking a big paddle out over the transom and skulling it. Fishes' tails seem to work fine.
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Old 14 September 2004, 07:04   #13
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I have "sailed" a 5m Zodiac by using a boothook, a mop and my boat cover. Fortunately the wind was blowing roughly in the right direction.
Interesting experience (luckily I was only in Poole Harbour) after an engine breakdown.
A sight less energetic than rowing.

Spookily quiet though!
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My little boat has oars on it as standard, they cant fall off/out but at high speed (when forgetting to secure the back end) they sometimes tend to go for a walk, suddenly hitting the water at 15 knots etc... Dont forget to secure them so they cant jump out of their seat..

it has a circle with a little cut missing, and a hole with a little pin in it... the oars can only come off when you twist them inside towards the middle (which is highly unpractical to do when your on the boat...)

Since my boat is small, i dont really fancy shoving an extra outboard on the back.... it would probably sink it...

Once tied down (at the moment i am using yellow cord for it, which is a pain.. im hoping to get some elastic cord...) you can even hold on to them!
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Old 14 September 2004, 10:43   #15
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thanks for the replies, surely the best of which was Brian's. If you break down, just sail the thing home. Brilliant - now why didn't I think of that?
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Blimey. Didn't expect my post to be received quite that well.
So, just to add a little more.
1. You can set the sail either across the boat or along it.
2, You can then alter it's angle slightly.
3. You can (if you have enough "hands" on board) also use the outboard as an additional aid to steering.
Not tried all this out extensively you understand, but theory says, if you have sufficient wind, not much current or waves against you, you can make modest progress in the direction you want. And under these conditions are you really in a hurry? Or just glad to be making progress?
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