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Post Options Post Options   Quote Contender 541 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 10 at 2:23pm

You could mount your paddle onto the boom - a couple of spring clips of the appropriate diameter would do the trick - the paddle is off the floor then

May make things a bit tricky if you have a spinny pole that comes down both sides though

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Hi,

With my Mirror, the supplied oars fitted inside the hull (paddle end forward just under the bow shape, and a couple of bungee cords kept them in place (using the forward shroud plates.

Paddles are also good (less storage space) -but witht the hull windage and shape, single handed paddling requires a foot on the tiller to keep a straight course. I found that the traditional "J" stroke didn't keep that dinghy on course.

Sculling (figure of 8 over the transom) worked - better going backwards, but doesn't give much speed through the water.

|f you're desparate, a jib-stick or spinnaker pole works quite well!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MerlinMags Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Aug 10 at 11:18am
Is the water shallow enough to quant? That can work well singlehanded with the tiller on elastic to centre it. Perhaps stay near the windward shore to keep in shallow water to reduce quant length required.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Athene Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Aug 10 at 1:25pm

 

Hi -

Simple is good  - I agree with the Praddle suggestion and use one sailing singlehanded when the wind completely dies and I havn't got back to the slipway in time - you use one hand to paddle and steer with the other.  The Praddle is light, easy to use and surprisingly effective. You can tie it on to the boat with a cord or clip it onto the hull, when not in use.  Wouldn't be without one, even though it's a vile orange colour!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote kurio99 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 10 at 6:49pm
Thanks for the suggestions.   On my latest foray, I used a 4 piece kayak paddle (2 handles, 2 blades).  It worked quite well, but I had to drop both sails.  Even loose, the sails had enough drag to pull the boat off course.  It wasn't quite as easy as a kayak due to the width, but I was still able to make headway against a 15 kph wind.

The handy part is that if I have a partner, each can take one of the blades.  The separate pieces are small enough to fit in the compartment under the foredeck.

I liked the suggestion of poling, but the channel depth was over 3 metres.  It didn't become shallow until right next to some nasty rocks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote simonjohn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 10 at 9:35pm
Do try the paddling in stern first suggestion, it can be surprisingly effective and (if you remove the rudder) may allow the use of a double ended paddle.
 
If you have a Mirror type rig you can "scandalise" the main by dropping the topmast,  tying boom to it and re-hoisting.
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No good.  Yesterday, I tried some of the methods listed but none allowed me to make headway against a 10 knot wind.  I had a praddle and kayak paddle.  The praddle had me going in circles even with the rudder.  I used a paddle end and tried paddling stern first.  Finally, I used the full kayak paddle.  It got me closer, but eventually, I stalled out.  I ended up reloading my boat and driving to a beach 30 minutes away.

Regardless of the method, the sails had to come fully down.  Even the slightest bit of material caught the boat and had me going backwards.

I suspect that I need my full oars in those wind speeds.
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