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Old 23 January 2016, 14:42   #1
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Paddles - yea or nay

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On the older boats I always had a set of paddles, they fitted great on holders at the bottom of the tube almost on the floor.

On the new toy the tubes are oversize and the paddles would stick out into the foot space if I put them there. They look daft stood upright and the thought of them on top the tubes isn't appealing.

So time to look at options, do you carry paddles, what type and where do you stow them if you do?

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Old 23 January 2016, 14:50   #2
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I use/carry the 2-part paddles that clip together, store them in a locker 'just in case'. Not sure how effective my paddling would be against a tide........
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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.
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Old 23 January 2016, 17:05   #4
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I don't know, I had always agreed with Starovich about the usefulness of paddles on larger boats, but then a few months ago was sitting in on a training course when the student at the helm ran a Ribcraft 7.8 aground. There were fold up paddles on that boat, and two of us relatively easily managed to paddle the boat 10-20m back to deep water for the engine to be lowered and started again.

I hadn't previously thought they would be useful on a larger RIB other than as a manual depth sounder, but I'm now rethinking and when my RIB's back on the water might even buy some folding paddles myself to keep in a locker! I think you would need 2 people on a larger boat though to make any half way decent/straight progress.
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Old 23 January 2016, 17:27   #5
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If it's too shalow to run the engine, its wading depth
I agree, 2 people to make progress, but still think with any wind or current paddling a big boat is futile unless you want to go with the wind or current and just need to guide the boat a bit.
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Yes, I carry paddles. My original Zodiac two-part wooden oars (always need a rub down and revarnish every other season) are still giving faithful service.

They collapse and sit next to the fuel tanks under the 2-man jockey console. Take up next to no space, but are useful for reaching ropes and fending off barnacle encrusted piers and other general duties.

I've got an auxilliary engine, so never expect to deploy the oars to paddle out of trouble, but they're reassuring to have all he same.
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If it's too shalow to run the engine, its wading depth .
you needs some proper mud to learn that lesson!
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Folks

On the older boats I always had a set of paddles, they fitted great on holders at the bottom of the tube almost on the floor.

On the new toy the tubes are oversize and the paddles would stick out into the foot space if I put them there. They look daft stood upright and the thought of them on top the tubes isn't appealing.

So time to look at options, do you carry paddles, what type and where do you stow them if you do?

Ta

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IME Paddles are often handy on a RIB..even on larger Boats...and not just for paddling...although in calm conditions two people can make headway...also fending/pushing off walls,piers,depth guageing close in...coming along side ect.
Over sized tubes on RIBs are often easier to fix paddles to as you normally have a larger "over hang" just make sure they are fixed low down...and they'll be out of the way.
I carry clip together ones which work pretty well.
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I would say always carry paddles on any open boat. Very handy if the worst does happen - and sometimes that can be meters away from the slipway or pontoon just as your setting off. If you can't tuck them under the tubes, how about get a fold up set that you can put inside a seat or console? Most two piece sets are very easy to cut down if you need to take a bit off to make them fit.
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