Hi Wayne. At one time a cockpit stirrup was suggested/recommended to help a person "step up" and into the cockpit - usually in concert with a paddle float recovery if I remember correctly. While the stirrup had its run of problems (entanglement mostly), seems it could be used in the "leg hook" assist as well if a person were either fatigued or simply not able to lift the leg high enough in the first position. Problems with the stirrup could outweigh any benefits so I leave the recommendation to your scrutiny and comment.
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Posted by: redfeather1 on Oct-21-09 1:31 PM (EST)
there is an easier variation on this technique that does work with a rigid foam paddle float. the swimmer affixes the paddle float to the paddle, creating an outrigger behind the cockpit. The swimmer then positions herself with the outrigger behind her shoulders. Then, using a motion similar to leaning back on the edge of a pool, the paddler leans back on the outrigger and allows her legs to float up. Both legs go into the cockpit....while continuing to lean back on the outrigger, the paddler slips the rest of her body back into the boat. The advantage is that here is no need for the paddler to turn over to be upright and ready to pump out the boat.