...because the boat was half-swamped from the First attempt. I remember watching the water pour in, pushing against the water (and yes, better technique would help), thinking that I Could get it back until the boat sank away from under me.
heh. I've been thinking about one of those warm-weather splash skirts as the kayak is remarkably stable and easy to recover (I about dumped myself on the river too, while messing around), the main thing that seems to get in the way is the water coming into the boat. If you can postpone that a little, there might be more time for recovery. Plus, it'd keep a lot of the water that's coming off the paddle from getting in the boat. I had probably about 2 liters worth from 4 hours of paddling.
Thanks for the reminder that Silicone tends to be a one-shot deal unless you can completely remove it. Not sure how I'd do that from foam.... I'll see what I can find locally. Not too worried as I pack everything in dry-bags anyway (lesson from motorcycling, funny how even a light rain will find it's way into anywhere at 65mph), but would rather that little extra security too.
Rescue / Throw Bags
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Wall Mount Boat Racks
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