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Old 05 January 2006, 17:42   #11
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I have three grandchildren that paddle me of of beaches all summer Andy
saves getting your arse wet and wears the littel buggers out for the trip home
also handy for making sand castles,wind brakes,swatting wasps.& removing
dog crap to name but a few reasons to carry them
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Old 05 January 2006, 17:45   #12
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if you are asking this cos you are thinking og geting some they make nifty ones with a boat hook at the other end
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Old 06 January 2006, 03:50   #13
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We have a set and ours is 7.5 meters long and for the cost they are worth having. We also have an aux engine, however once we just paddled part of the way down the channel to Northney marina,,,quite nice
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Old 06 January 2006, 03:57   #14
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For the price of a 8hp aux outboard which is about what you would require for any meaningful propulsion would you not be better off buying a decent sea anchor, some line and chain and a good anchor along with a Sat phone. The reality of using oars or a aux enging in messy weather is not so great I would guess.
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Old 06 January 2006, 03:57   #15
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Two reasonably robust gentlemen can paddle a 7.0 metre RIB back quite a long way to the pontoon,.......when they switch over to the empty fuel tank instead of the full fuel tank on the changer-over valve…. because some idiot labelled the valve incorrectly ……apparently……..
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Old 06 January 2006, 05:28   #16
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Paddles: any practical use in a 6.2m RIB?
with the club 4.8m rib outboard refusing to start we drifted 200m from our divers before giving up and dropping the anchor. Out came the paddles and two of us completely failed to paddle a 4.8m rib against the slight (1/4 knot) tide. Divers surfaced and drifted down the 200 yards to the boat. Eventually started the engine but lesson learnt, good for round the harbour and possibly steering as already pointed out but you won't go very far with them.

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Old 06 January 2006, 05:41   #17
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with the club 4.8m rib outboard refusing to start we drifted 200m from our divers before giving up and dropping the anchor. Out came the paddles and two of us completely failed to paddle a 4.8m rib against the slight (1/4 knot) tide. Divers surfaced and drifted down the 200 yards to the boat. Eventually started the engine but lesson learnt, good for round the harbour and possibly steering as already pointed out but you won't go very far with them.
I don't think I will clutter the RIB up then. But I can already hear myself saying "We need a couple of little paddles!"
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Old 06 January 2006, 06:10   #18
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Mine are yellow numbers which match the boat nicely. They velcro strap neatly out of the way.I think they look pretty good in an "Action Man" kinda way which compliments my gripping hands and realistic hair.
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Old 06 January 2006, 08:48   #19
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Andy get some paddles if you feel you need them. The RYA books give a recommended list, which i think includes paddles.....as an alternative means of propulsion, obivously you will have an anchor as well
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Old 07 January 2006, 05:13   #20
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We have paddles along the tubes, fortunately never had to use them in anger.

They are also useful for fending off in tight spaces, probing the bottom in murky water to test the depth & shovelling snow out of the boat
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