My sculling oar is more reliable than any motor
. I can do 1.5 knots sitting down with the same effort as walking now that I finally painted my bottom. Before it was hard to go 1 knot!
I have sculled 2-3 miles in windless areas with no problem, I just take a break every 20-30 minutes. I have also sculled in areas with 4-5 knot
currents when the wind
was equal to the current
(useless to sail) to maneuver and make my way.
I can turn the boat in place ( just like an outboard
that can swivel 90 degrees) Only thing is I can't go backwards (yet) but I think it's possible with a little modification.
It works better than you would expect in swell because it's possible to time the stroke to the swell in such a way that you can actually deriving propulsive energy from the waves.
I get great exercise as the oar works almost all my muscles at once.
It's a 7 ft x 8 inch plywood
bolted to a hardwood 1.5 x 2.5 inch shaft 7ft long, then a 2ft long 1 inch stainless pipe is attached at a 15 degree angle to this with u bolts. The oar sits on a trailer hitch which is thru bolted to the back of the boat. A rope
attaches from the stainless handle to the deck