It's easy with a GP and...
Posted by: Bnystrom on Feb-17-13 3:09 PM (EST)
...Greenland style deck rigging. That means getting rid of the nearly useless bungee cords that come on most boats and installing cords and sliders. They will hold the paddle very securely, yet you can release it in a heartbeat.Mine has been pounded many times in surf and it's never come loose. However, grabbing it off the foredeck is a simple matter of pushing it forward out from under the cords, then back to release it from the bow loop. It takes about a second and I've done it a couple of times when I've been whacked hard enough to have my primary paddle torn from my grasp. It was no problem at all to do it under water.
There are two important keys to making any spare paddle system work:
1- The paddle must ALWAYS be in the same place, so you can find it by feel.
2- You have to practice using it, so that when you need to grab it, you'll do so without having to think about it.