I have a rec kayak with a stern dry hatch, and no bow dry storage.
Because of the large cockpit I bought two float bags for the bow.
I plan to do a self rescue this weekend but reading the posts about all the water that gets in the kayak it sounds like it might be very difficult.
Anyone have a experience good or bad with self rescues in a rec boat.
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Posted by: dc9mm on Sep-13-13 11:07 PM (EST)
How are you planning to get back in? Are you going to use a paddle float? Or cowboy scramble? You can Youtube those to see what iam talking about if you not familiar with those techniques.
Paddle float and sling?|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Sep-15-13 7:20 AM (EST)
Endorse Jay's Recommendation|
Posted by: lalleluia on Sep-20-13 3:44 PM (EST)
First of all, Jay just knows what he is talking about.
just give it a go very near shore|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Sep-13-13 11:11 PM (EST)
I think there's enough risk of issues that I would not suggest being too far from shore in general. But even if a pain you're just a bit safer if you can do it. And if you can't you have an extra good reason to stay extra close to shore -- better to know.
Drain like a canoe |
Posted by: seadart on Sep-14-13 1:20 AM (EST)
move to shallow water where boat is still floating ... flip so the keel is up then lift one end .....
start off easy|
Posted by: RavenWing on Sep-13-13 11:19 PM (EST)
cram those suckers in there fully inflated.
start near shore|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Sep-14-13 1:49 AM (EST)
The advice above to try it near shore is good. Give it a go and let us know how it went.
Posted by: Celia on Sep-14-13 1:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: shiraz627 on Sep-14-13 5:38 PM (EST)
Amazed at how little water the was in my Swift Saranac this Summer while demoing wet exits.
Stick to the shore|
Posted by: Alpinbogen on Sep-15-13 8:34 AM (EST)
Though obvious, you'll want to stick near the shore in water you stand in. Dump yourself over quickly and wet exit. Depending on just how big your rec cockpit it, you might self-eject without having to wiggle out. Keep your feet off the bottom (trailing behind you is good...no cheating!) and right the kayak quickly. The key is not to leave it lingering on its side for the cockpit to flood. If you don't monkey around through the procedure, the cockpit may only be 1/4 to 1/3 full. Then have at it with various re-entries. Make sure to do some re-entry testing with a fully flooded cockpit (which can easily happen). That might be an eye opener after you've successfully completed your initial re-entries. It will certainly test how effective your floatation is. ;^)
BTW, if you do a cowboy rescue,|
Posted by: shirlann on Sep-15-13 10:01 PM (EST)
don't hug the boat with your legs as this will affect your balance. Keep the out away from the boat and don't be in a hurry. I move maybe 6-8" at a time and that works for me.
What I do|
Posted by: castoff on Sep-15-13 10:54 PM (EST)
Aside from adding floatation, and flipping the boat so the water stays to a minimum I have a gallon jug I use to bail the boat while I stay in the water this is faster than using a hand pump. Also I found that if you push and pull the boat back and forth you can splash a considerable amount of water out as it comes up the seat. This may be somewhat boat design dependent. I then come up over the stern and do a scramble or cowboy type rescue. Wearing a PFD makes it easier.
Self Rescue is difficult at best even in|
Posted by: suntan on Sep-16-13 5:15 PM (EST)
still water. Instead, I use ultra long painters and wet exit. The painters are tied in such a way as to unravel when one end is pulled. On exit, i grab my paddle and one end of the painter and swim to safety, using the paddle across my shoulders to propel me. Once im standing on a secure place, i pull the boat to me, do the Capistrano Flip and I'm good to go. Works every time.
How'd the practice go?|
Posted by: Celia on Sep-16-13 11:08 PM (EST)
Just thought it'd be good to hear if any of the ideas worked for you.
Rec self rescue follow up|
Posted by: robertg on Sep-19-13 9:37 AM (EST)
Thanks everyone for your tips.
tether the bags|
Posted by: jesse59 on Sep-19-13 12:43 PM (EST)
You can usually tie the float bags to the foot pedals to keep them from coming out.
keep one. foot in the boat|
Posted by: celia on Sep-19-13 4:09 PM (EST)
While swimming. A paddle leash is not always your friend in the kind of self rescue you are trying.