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Old 17 January 2015, 04:25   #11
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Can't remember who it was on here that said the only thing oars/paddles were any good for in a rib was to write HELP on them and wave it at passing ships - pretty much sums up my view

I use the boathook for anything where I can reach the bottom, and the aux for anything where I can't. Mine's a bigger boat, but if you can make headway in anything more than about 10 knots of wind I'll be surprised.
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Old 17 January 2015, 05:56   #12
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Oars work best with rowlocks, dont think youll be fitting them to the rib.
I've always used paddles, and have collapsible ones the go in the console out of the way.

I find best way to use them is to sit astride the tube and the paddle like a canoe. As people have said tho, in any wind best you can hope for is some basic steerage, and most of the time you'll use them to punt off the seabed/rocks etc.

Only thing i can think of when oars are better is as a depth gauge, as they tend to be longer.
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I've got a couple of the sliding/lock type paddles that also have boat hooks on the end I find them very handy easy to store.


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Old 18 January 2015, 19:40   #14
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As above, oars need rowlocks to be of any real use.

And if you have ever tried rowing an Avon Redstart/crest/shank then you will already know an anchor is probably a more useful bit of safety kit!
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And if you have ever tried rowing an Avon Redstart/crest/shank then you will already know an anchor is probably a more useful bit of safety kit!
Rowing with an anchor must be really tough
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