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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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Old 25 February 2008, 14:19   #3
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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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Yeah - what Chris said :-)
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I'm looking for a way to fix my paddles to the tubes. I saw somewhere an attachment that is glued to the tube and has velcro strips attached to it to put around the paddle. Two each side of the boat. But I can not find them on the net again. Anyone any ideas where I can get them?

Has anyone fitted such things to their boats? Are they any good?
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I'm looking for a way to fix my paddles to the tubes. I saw somewhere an attachment that is glued to the tube and has velcro strips attached to it to put around the paddle. Two each side of the boat. But I can not find them on the net again. Anyone any ideas where I can get them?

Has anyone fitted such things to their boats? Are they any good?
I would say paddles on a 5m+ would be next to useless.

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I would say paddles on a 5m+ would be next to useless.

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They may be if you want to move it far - but for moving around rocks and caving they are great. I just want to tidy them in the boat.
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Paddles/a paddle are/is useful for a bit of punting when it's too shallow to drop the lump and fire it up. I'm thinking launching on a spring low where there's just enough water to get the boat off of the trailer.
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A paddle is essential equipment IMO. When your engine cuts out 20 feet away from the pontoon or you want to keep the front of your shiny new rib off some particularly sharp barnacle encrusted rocks then a paddle is a very useful piece of kit.

I have one of these Telescopic ones that fit into a jockey seat when retracted. They are very solid when extended and more than upto the job.

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Thanks Mollers and Chris - supports what I just said.

Now anyone seen those fixtures?
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I've got two on mine but have used one in low water. Sat right up front and paddling canoe style. Hard work but was dam site easier than worrying about the engine snagging something.
Going to keep the two on board as two people, one up front and one at the rear could paddle the RIB if need be.

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I have 2 of what your taking about but in grey if that's any use? Unused.
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paddles are an essential bit of kit, anyone who thinks they are not is foolish
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I'm looking for a way to fix my paddles to the tubes. I saw somewhere an attachment that is glued to the tube and has velcro strips attached to it to put around the paddle. Two each side of the boat. But I can not find them on the net again. Anyone any ideas where I can get them?

Has anyone fitted such things to their boats? Are they any good?
I can't help with somewhere to get them from, but my boat has them to retain a pair of oars and they work very well ( you can see them in the photo). I can take some close up photos if it helps.

Could you DIY them with some suitably coloured hypalon and velcro?

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