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Old 04 August 2010, 08:13   #1
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What Oars? - Searider SR4

Hi, do you know what oars came with the Avon Searider SR4 or SR4 delux? I have the straps on the inside of the tubes.

Are they the same as the wooden avon redstart ones or did they have T shaped handles?

Thanks in advance

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Old 04 August 2010, 08:20   #2
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They'll be paddles, not oars and genuine Avon ones will cost a fortune!

I'd suggest you get a pair of wooden or aluminium paddles from a chandlery.

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Old 04 August 2010, 08:32   #3
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I think the wooden paddle type would be best, I keep meaning to get some for mine.
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Old 05 August 2010, 02:57   #4
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But don't spend too much on them - once you have paddled it once, you will wish you had used the money to pay for an aux!
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Old 05 August 2010, 06:17   #5
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Paddled mine home a couple of weeks ago. Had run the engine for an hour in the barrel the night before, took it out at about 3/4 throttle for half an hour, headed back to safe waters, knocked it down to idle and the engine died. Wouldn't fire again no matter how hard I tried. Had to paddle it back about 1/2km with the wind behind me but pushing me out to open waters. Fortunately I'd planned the trial with the wind/tide so if things went wrong there was a plan B.

Have to say it wasn't too bad to paddle from the console, I'd recommend a good, stiff T handle type, and a pairs only any use if you've got someone on the other one.

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Old 05 August 2010, 10:39   #6
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Mine came with some really dubious looking plain wooden things, luckily not had to use them over any distance yet ! They've just got a helpful little rubber thing to keep them in place in the straps. I doubt they are original but you never know, they look ancient.
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