Rennyrij, I too am an older paddler.
Posted by: shirlann on Dec-18-12 9:21 PM (EST)
Depending on the put-in site, I use different methods.
I use a paddle behind the seat method or straddle for shoreline entry. When straddling, at times, I will push the boat forward until clear of my legs then pull it to shore.
I still paddle sit-inside kayaks but with cockpits a bit longer than sea kayaks, especially for longer trips. I have a 14' Necky Vector SOT that is 24 or 25" wide and it's a piece of cake (for me) to get out of. I can either exit by straddling or turning my body sideways, with the legs over the side and just stand up.
Check out friends or other paddlers boats and if they're like most paddlers, they'll gladly let you try the fit and/or entering and exiting.
I watched the video and though it seems a good concept, it wouldn't be for me. I didn't like the way one would have to put a hole into the top of top of the kayak, just forward of the cockpit and also to have part of the aperatus screwed to the floor of said boat. But that's just me.
The gentleman that was the model in the video was tall and quite slim, which some of us older folks are not.
As one who has experience working with older citizens, as noted in her replies, Celia made some good observations for folks to consider.
Thanks to all for your input. May Rennyrij find what she's looking for and BTW--Welcome back!