Originally Posted by Starovich
Depends on the size of boat, most ribs over 4.5m I would say are impossible to paddle in any wind/tide, and the paddles get used to pole for depth, or fend off quay walls, docks etc.
I carry folding ones, mainly because
a)I already have them
b) they are likely to be of more use in the boat than in the garage, ... marginally.
Yep, I tried paddling my 5m on a clam day to see how much effort it would take.
I now have a pair of shallow water depth gauges!