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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:55 pm 
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Hi from Australia, where I'd like to go sailing is protected by a breakwater from the boat ramp, what's a few ways to get out of there or back in if the wind is a head wind? All I can think of is paddles or ask some one to tow me if and ones around? Where do i store the paddles? Do I leave the main down whilst paddling?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:07 am 
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There are some very small electric outboards suitable to a beach cat.

You don't mention what your boat is but others will be along who can better suggest a make and model if you share what you have.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:25 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:16 am 
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Don't you carry a paddle anyway? I use a plastic paddle that will bend a little and weave the handle through the center tramp lacing to keep it handy but out of the way. That is on an H-16.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:33 pm 
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I bungee 2 oars to the front cross bar, works well.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:56 am 
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Sounds like a good idea with storing a paddle on board underneath perhaps. I'll take one with me next time and see how much progress I make with the paddle alone.

Do you leave the main up or down whilst leaving or returning thru the breakwater?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:04 pm 
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I had that problem with my previous Hobies and other sailboats. When I had a Thistle, I had a small electric outboard to get in and out of a breakwater. So when it was time to get my dream boat, I put a Torqeedo electric outboard on my Hobie. Does the job nicely.
I wish Hobie would adapt their Mirage drive to the sailboats, so we could pedal in and out!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:10 pm 
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Regarding paddle I strap an extendable paddle to the tramp.

One much like this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2013-Kwik-Tek-P-3-Telescoping-Paddle-With-Boat-Hook-25-Inches-72-Inches-/310728644221?pt=UK_SportingGoods_OtherSports&hash=item4858ded67d

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:43 am 
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A paddle is the cheap easy proven way to move a 16 great for current or head winds however my 21SE not so much
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