I have tried this method and it doesn't work well for me. The coaming gouges my shoulder and my ribs.
I grab the kayak and hoist it onto my shoulder, cockpit upright, with one hand and one shoulder underneath the boat and one arm over my head and holding onto the coaming. The boat rests more comfortably for me up there. The lifting technique itself is not too different.
To put the boat down, I move the hull off of my shoulder and rotate so that it slides down my body until I can get both hands on the coaming. Then I slide it down my legs and set it down.
I am sure that this is a more dangerous technique for most people. I've carried feed sacks this way for a long time so my way is a practiced maneuver for me. If I padded my shoulder or the coaming, I could do it the way this article describes, but the way it is, I cannot have the coaming digging into my neck.
I agree with the author that wind requires more care.
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Posted by: johnheiam on Apr-04-13 11:26 AM (EST)
The original article just does not make sense to me. I would need to see a video to understand this technique. Why is he messing with the paddle? How do you slide the kayak while squatting? Is the cockpit opening toward you or away from you when sliding the kayak up your leg? How in the hell do you do anything in a squatting position. If I squat a 1 mph wind would blow me over - this is just not a stable position.