Originally Posted by Ed the Duck
Consider the situation of coming off the back of a wave, landing very heavily, losing a crew member overboard and being unable to restart the engine. The RIB is drifting slowly with the wind and the MOB is drifting away with the tidal current.
It is just these conditions that paddles might be next to useless. Waves+wind+tidal set.
To reiterate my feelings, I think they might be useful for paddling off a beach into deep water. I don't really want them lying around loose and I don't want to fit them onto the tubes if they are never going to get used.
Thanks for all your replies though.