I read this on another forum and wanted to pass it along.
If you run a jet boat you MAY have gotten your self in a situation where you had to paddle but if you ever really jet boated you SURELY have gotten yourself into a situation where you need a shovel. A paddle makes a good paddle but a crudy lightweight shovel or prybar, a heavy handled shovel makes a great shovel or prybar and a ok paddle, it weighs about 3 pounds more and is 5 times stronger so why not put the paddle that is taking up valuable space in your boat in your rubber raft and fill that space back in with a nice shovel.
I will be making the trade when the water softens this spring.
*Disclaimer: if your forum handle is tjm (Toshiro) the first part of this post does not apply, you will need 2 very large inflatable pontoons to haul in a 580 Case backhoe.