The main reason I carry my "beater" storm paddle on the deck (a sturdy 72" GP carved from a chunk of oak and heavily coated with marine grade varnish) is that I can use it as a pole for extracting myself from the sand and gravel bars and mucky silt shelves I am apt to encounter in my local waters. I hate to risk beating up my primary paddle, a one piece laminated WRC GP, in such endeavors and would hesitate to use any of my 2-piece Euros either.
Have also used the beater as an impromptu tent pole and would not hesitate to employ it as defense against any pirates or Krakens that ever threatened my progress. Would probably serve as a passable cricket bat, too.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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