on a river weekend trip, we got stuck on a large submerged boulder in our tandem full of camping gear. We tried hard paddling, pushing and leaning in various directions to free ourselves, without success. I checked if I could get out easily to lessen the load, but the water around us was pretty deep with a decent current. A person on shore could pulled us off the rock with the painter we threw her. Screeeech.
Were we supposed to jump out of the boat to lessen the load? Not much else you can do, is there? The downstream end of the boat? How do you safely exit a canoe?
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Wiggle, scoot and pray, but...|
Posted by: scottfree on Nov-06-13 10:58 PM (EST)
sometimes, there are no good solutions to a problem.
been there years ago ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Nov-06-13 11:01 PM (EST)
Over the side|
Posted by: pgeorg on Nov-07-13 6:31 AM (EST)
did not work well for me. While negotiating a small drop, the bow smacked a rock dead on and the boat stopped. It remained aligned with the current, but we could not free it by paddling in any direction. The water was fairly shallow, so I hopped out of the stern and started the boat back upstream. The water quickly got too deep and I had to hop back in. We did not have enough running room before the drop to set up a line and the second time over the drop we dumped the boat.
Solutions for different situations|
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-07-13 7:23 AM (EST)
Been in that position a few times|
Posted by: Jackl on Nov-07-13 8:53 AM (EST)
Also on large logs.
Several scenarios have been described, .|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Nov-07-13 11:49 AM (EST)
If you run aground in current|
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-07-13 12:19 PM (EST)
you are almost always best off by lightening the end of the canoe that ran aground (generally the bow) and reversing back the way you came.
Your primary job|
Posted by: davejjj on Nov-07-13 1:23 PM (EST)
Your primary job is to not hit the logs and boulders in the first place. If you do hit one and get stuck then your primary job is to determine whether you are in a dangerous situation and/or keep it from becoming a dangerous situation.
Been there; done that.............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Nov-07-13 3:28 PM (EST)
Happens To The Best of Us|
Posted by: dougd on Nov-07-13 4:50 PM (EST)
I carry a 12' pole so I usually resort to that to help me get off the stuff in the rivers that want to hold me up. Although standing while teetering on a pivot point is a little dicy! If that doesn't work I usually move my body all over the place to try to move the weight and free the hull up. Of course that almost always ends up in a face plant somewhere in the hull! It's all good!
I agree - wiggle, scoot and pray|
Posted by: eckilson on Nov-08-13 6:14 AM (EST)
Moving around in the boat to shift the weight might help - both move to the middle, or both toward one end. Then wiggle, scoot and pray some more. You might need to unload gear so you have room to move around. No matter what you do there is a good possibility that you will end up wet.
Should be clear by now|
Posted by: deuce on Nov-08-13 10:57 AM (EST)
that there's no simple solution to the dilemma you encounterd. As others have said, the important thing is not to panic and make the situation worse. Once that's accomplished it's time to extract yourself from the situation in the safest manner possible, which it sounds like you did!
Get out with a rope|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-08-13 12:23 PM (EST)
If all the other suggestion for in-the-boat contortions don't work, you have to get out of the boat with attached rope in hand, as some have related.
Getting out with grace?|
Posted by: melenas on Nov-08-13 12:50 PM (EST)
We had 25' painters, but I should probably buy a throw bag that holds a longer line.
You develop a feel for what the boat |
Posted by: g2d on Nov-08-13 7:09 PM (EST)
might do when you step out of it.
Posted by: melenas on Nov-08-13 12:44 PM (EST)
Let me summarize what I learned:
Posted by: briansnat on Nov-09-13 8:04 AM (EST)
When we're paddling moving water we carry two 12 ft poles in the boat. They have saved us a few times when stuck on rocks.
Posted by: thebob.com on Nov-09-13 11:59 AM (EST)
If you high center on a boulder in deep, fast moving water(waterfall just down stream is ideal); be sure to let your paddling partners know.
I Remember a Certain Situation....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Nov-11-13 8:12 AM (EST)
downstream is the key when|
Posted by: tdaniel on Nov-11-13 9:37 AM (EST)
BTW, the word "Paddle" In My Post....|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Nov-11-13 10:45 AM (EST)
....was referring to the noun. Place your paddle face on the upstream side of the boat when broached on a rock or log and it's a pretty good chance it will assist you in a quick 180 degree roll!