Originally Posted by bucketboater
It's also dangerous if you have a bunch of swimmers. Can't catch them without oars.
I take it you've never seen someone bow/stern paddle. You would be surprised how nimble and aggressive one can be. By the time you get your boat righted, back in it, oars back in the locks, and back in your seat, I'll have my entire mess cleaned up.
How long will it take you to get a spare oar out when it snaps on a rock while the boat is upside down? What if your oarlock gets pinched so you can't get an oar back in? Pins & Clips? Your oar gets spun around the pin and locked out of place by the stirrup?
Every time you add gear to a boat, it is just more that can break.
FYI, bad paddle crews are a reflection of who's calling the commands.