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Old 25 February 2008, 11:43   #1
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Paddles For A Rib

What kind and length paddles for a 5.8m rib?

Where would you get reasonable ones?
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Old 25 February 2008, 13:24   #2
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Paddles on a RIB = virtually useless = unnecessary clutter
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I agree. It is next to useless trying to paddle a RIB in any kind of wind.
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There are great to splash your wife and piss her of. I carry a kayak paddle for the piece of mind for passengers. Sure the engine quits we will paddle back to shore
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Old 25 February 2008, 14:26   #5
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what weigth anchor for a 5.8 destroyer?
Is it 1kg per metre?

Would a 7 or 7.5kg fold up type be ok
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MCA code table spec shows a main anchor of 6 - 7 kg for 5.85 boat with 6mm chain and 12mm rope for up to 20 miles offshore or coast work of 3.5kg main anchor with 6mm chain and 10mm rope if this helps you.
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You certainly won't paddle a RIB home, but consider this scenario:
You are powerless and adrift, approaching a lee shore comprising a rocky cliff and a small sandy beach. You are going to JUST hit the rocky cliff. A wee push in time might have beached you. I had some friends who were in just this situation with no paddles and they caused the old Dauphin helo to make a sudden visit to Europe's highest (non-shear) seacliffs (answers on a postcard pls.) All well, but paddles would have been a bonus. I have had a dead engine just off a pier and drifted past meters out of "lines-length" - no problem in a busy port, 'cept it wasn't.

And off course, they're great for offing baby seals.

No, just kiddin, ......really.
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They are very useful in shallow water to push you along...

We've paddled ours for half a mile down the Medina on a calm day.
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Oh, forgot, if you do spring for a set of (mostly) useless paddles, Carrickcraft do a nice range - I think they have an outlet down your way - they have big selection in the wee north at the main office. I guess they have to be long enough to reach the water (from yr sponson) and strong enough so you can't break them in a hurry.
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What kind and length paddles for a 5.8m rib?

Where would you get reasonable ones?
I'd make sure you have some paddles on board and ignore some of these comments.

In addition to using them to paddling I've used them to test depth, fend off sharp objects, pick up moorings, to name just a few.

Try the nomal mail order places and I'd recommend the wooden canadian ones strapped to the A frame or in the console.


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