I've been practicing braces already. I rather like them. Especially yesterday in the pool... while waiting around watching the other two guys rescue each other, I would practice tipping and bracing.
BTW, I moved the Tempest seat back tonight. I ended up moving it back one bolt hole, so that I'm only using one bolt per side. I decided this was better than drilling another hole. I still have to put some sealant over the one remaining hole, though.
That adjustment moved the seat back about 1-3/4.". That's as far back as it's going anyway. I couldn't get the seat OUT of the kayak without risking never being able to get it back in. But at least I had the chance to move it way forward and clean under it with some cleaner and paper towels before bolting everything back together.
So with that done, I climbed back in, repositioned and secured the thigh braces, reset the foot braces, and it feels a heck of a lot better now. Now I'm eager to take it out and see how it feels. I'm supposed to go tomorrow after work, but we'll see how the weather goes. If it's pouring rain, it may dampen my enthusiasm.
I want to edit my blog post to use the correct terms... so, the Eskimo Rescue is the one where you pull yourself up onto the deck (assisted), as opposed to the heel hook? And is that one called the Heel Hook? What's the one in between (the one I called the Vee Method)? Thanks!
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