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Hi all, how effective is paddling or rowing for moving a Tiki 26 around? I want to move my Tiki 26 less than 1/2 a mile in sheltered waters and my motor isn't ready yet. The boat is empty, not loaded up so that should help. Any particular method recommended?
I don't think you could move a T26 with paddling or rowing more than a few meters, and you need 3 people onboard, one for steering and two for paddling. Another approach is the use of a yuloh or sculling over the stern. The yuloh has been tried in Wharrams yuloh in TW , but I think it was not successful because it was not continued.
For me it would be better to wait a little more until the motor is ready.
I don't have yet experience moving a Tiki 26 by hand but I cannot imagine it more difficult than moving a 10 tons 35' steel boat with a 16' self made sculling oar. The Tiki has less windage and weighs just a ton. A 10' sculling oar should do it easily. I would not bother trying a yuloh except if you can find first hand experience. A sculling oar is straightforward. You just need a notch on the stern. I cruised 5 years with my family on the said steel boat and moved into and within harbours when there was no wind. I could move for a short distance at between ½ and ¾ knot in flat calm. As soon as there was any breeze I would sail. Without manoeuvering room I would kedge. I am planning to move my Tiki 26 with a sculling oar. I expect to move at 1½ knots without to much exertion.
You can also read Thomas Firth Jones Multihull Voyaging Chapter 10 Auxiliary Power. I attach the relevant page for you.
Thanks for the replies. Thanks Aneblanc for the scan of the page from Thomas Firth Jones. I think maybe we share an appreciation and respect for him - I have that book and several others of his on boat building. He paddled / rowed Two Rabbits their Hinemoa design and the larger Vireo / Tanenui type so I think paddling my Tiki will be okay. Just a matter of trying it and finding a method that works. I'll report back...