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can i do sculling with my sailboat?

i was just wondering could i do sculling with my size boat. im only thinking for no wind days so instead of running the motor i can just scull get a work out and do something instead of sitting there going slow anyways. my 8hp doens't pushing me fast effiecntly so i go slow to save gas so i was thinking why not just scull any ideas? and how can i make a oar that big and how will i make it?
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Re: can i do sculling with my sailboat?

Due to a temperamental outboard I have regularly sculled my 28 foot (fairly 'heavy') Triton without too much trouble. I am not built like Hulk Hogan either btw.
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Re: can i do sculling with my sailboat?

With a little practice, you should be able to get the boat to move along in nice conditions but don't expect it to be fast. In and around a marina it works reasonably well but I wouldn't want to try to cover any real distance with it. The furthest I have ever sculled was a little over a mile in a 20' boat and I certainly noticed it.

To me, the advantages of sculling are that you can see where you are going, you can fit in narrow places and it works on boats that can't otherwise be rowed. Just be careful, it is much harder to stop the boat when doing this.
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Re: can i do sculling with my sailboat?

Wooden boat forum has a lot of threads about this do a forum search there.
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Re: can i do sculling with my sailboat?

It can be made quite affordable out of 2x4's btw, I have made several oars and paddles this way and the guys at wooden boat prob even have free plas up somewhere
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Re: can i do sculling with my sailboat?

A friend of mine (he also has a 28 foot Triton) uses those sports rowing oars, the big long ones, and he moves his boat at quite a good clip too. In other words, he rows instead of sculls.
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Re: can i do sculling with my sailboat?

Depends a lot on the boat. Something smaller than 30 feet and with preferably an outboard rudder and you should be able to move along reasonably.

I do it all the time to get into my berth in light air when I am sailing in. Never tried to cover much distance but your best bet is to try it.

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