-- Last Updated: Jul-22-07 4:20 PM EST --
This post won't be helpful to many, but there may be a few people who find themselves in my situation.
I recently bought a solo canoe weighing 29 lbs and about 29 in max width. My first two attempts to board her with dry feet ended in catastrophe -- the canoe was swamped and I was left flat on my bum in the water. Lesson learned: Get in the water, BACKING UP to the canoe; while standing in the water, lower yourself slowly onto the seat; carefully lift one leg (bow side) into the boat; when you're quite certain that everything's stable, lift the other leg. Forget about dry feet.