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Most small boat sailors have, at some stage, been becalmed and drifting. With sails hoisted and a tiller to hold, they find that using a regular paddle is nigh on impossible. Something like "one hand clapping". So most end up using their hand as a paddle. That's very small and inefficient, and of course it is difficult to reach the water with a high freeboard boat.

To solve this problem, many years ago, famous dinghy designer, Ian Proctor, invented what he called a "Praddel", which you can still buy today

eg here

I used one for years when dinghy sailing in the UK. However it is easy to make your own from a piece of scrap 6 or 9mm ply. This PDF gives some basic dimensions, which suit an average hand and boat freeboard. So adjust as required. The photo below shows how to hold it.