When I launched ‘Sandpiper’ at Burnham Yacht Harbour I resorted to moving her away from the slipway with an improvised paddle. I made it from a broomstick and a piece of plywood left over from building my Paradox.
I have ditched the homemade one and replaced it with a Lahna paddle, which I shall stow on the port side deck where it will not snag the jib sheet. There it will be secured with a small cord passing through a fairlead into a jam cleat so as to be ready for instant use. The disadvantage of keeping the paddle there is that it will make walking along the deck rather tricky.