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Old 13 August 2019, 09:14   #1
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Oars vs paddles

I have just bought a RIB with a 50hp engine. There is no space on the transom for a second outboard so I would feel a lot safer if I had an oar or a paddle on board.


The boat is a 5.2m Humber Assault and I was wondering what I would be better off with. I am mostly on the Thames but on the odd occasion may venture down to the south coast and head towards Isle of Wight/Solent areas.


I was first thinking of getting 2m solid wood oars but then realised I wouldn't have anywhere to mount them ... then considering the size of the boat realised a paddle might be excessive hard work


What would be the recommendation?
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Old 13 August 2019, 09:42   #2
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I have just bought a RIB with a 50hp engine. There is no space on the transom for a second outboard so I would feel a lot safer if I had an oar or a paddle on board.


The boat is a 5.2m Humber Assault and I was wondering what I would be better off with. I am mostly on the Thames but on the odd occasion may venture down to the south coast and head towards Isle of Wight/Solent areas.


I was first thinking of getting 2m solid wood oars but then realised I wouldn't have anywhere to mount them ... then considering the size of the boat realised a paddle might be excessive hard work


What would be the recommendation?
I have 2 telescopic paddles, if there are 2 of us on the boat with one on each side you can get it moving but with any kind of current you will struggle.

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Other than mebbe tootling about a protected marina oars will be close to useless. If you really canít fit an aux( plenty people in here with Humber assaults who can maybe suggest how itís possible, outboard brackets etc) then youíd be better investing in alternative safety equipment if you donít have already. Anchor and warp, sea anchor, dsc radio, towline, plb, flares, charts/ gps, depth sounder, knife, etc, etc. If you can make your situation safe and stable you will be able to wait for assistance
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OK just a 3.8m SIB here and not making a case for hand propulsion with a RIB just on the oars vs paddles thing...

My Bombard came with the standard Zodiac telescopic plastic bladed/alloy tubed paddles. I don't have the modern version of rowlocks that many SIBs have hence just paddles.

But I've found them annoying in several circumstances so have upgraded to a pair of smallish wooden oars (5ft) bought used.

So much better. Being just that bit longer easier to get over the tube into the water. Easier to grip and to get power into your paddle strokes. Better for pushing/fending off the unexpected such as big old fishing boats, walls, pontoons etc. More suited to punting or depth probing. Quicker to deploy for my crew avoiding the "which way do you turn to lock them" debate. Never fold unexpectedly. Much stronger than the plastic paddles which will break in the cold (Scotland in August in my case).

Just my thoughts.
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Paddles in RIB Oars in SIB & tender
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As others have suggested, paddles only really stir the water.

I'd recommend paddles but don't expect to be able to paddle yourself any distance.
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As others have suggested, paddles only really stir the water.

I'd recommend paddles but don't expect to be able to paddle yourself any distance.
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Obviously (I hope!) you need two Paddles and TWO PADDLERS to make much (ANY!) Headway!
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Thank you for all the replies



The oar/paddle would be specifically for use in non tidal rivers just to get me to an edge should an issue take place rather than be stranded in the middle awaiting a tow from someone. So current shouldn't really be a factor.



For the coast/sea I have don't have a sea anchor, gps (I'm guessing my phone doesn't count!) and depth sounder but have the other items you have listed
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Telescopic paddles are useful, but not for rowing. Get a picture of the Humber transom up... its amazing what you can fit auxilliary wise.
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Obviously (I hope!) you need two Paddles and TWO PADDLERS to make much (ANY!) Headway!
Pretty much.

Had quite a lot of fun with 2 of us paddling the 5.4 up the Medina drunkenly singing the theme to Hawaii 5-0. It doesn't move much with only one.
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