Posted by: bananaboat on Aug-31-10 1:17 PM (EST)
Last Sunday afternoon me, my wife, daughter and her boyfriend went out to Randleman lake. My daughter and her boyfriend wanted to try out the kayaks. I took mine and my buddies and rented a double sink. I put the boyfriend in mine and my daughter in my buddies and I rode the sink. This was the first time the two of them had ever been kayaking and it showed in their paddling. After a while getting used to the boats we were off they wanted me to lead out so I stayed close to shore. we were enjoying ourselves paddling was emproving then all the sudden out of nowhere the boyfriend flipped my yak. He looked at me like I was going to scold him but I just wanted to help him out of a tight spot. He did one good thing though he didn't pannick which helped things a lot. I reassured him that it could and eventually would happen to anybody. He seemed to be no worse for the wear. After several attemps to get back in failed I told him to get in with me and we towed my yak back to the ramp. His failure to re-enter was greatly hendered by the amount of water the kayak took on. He actually did get back in but with the first paddle stroke he flipped again so I told him to just get in the double I was in. I knew that he could swim underwater fine but to stay afloat would make him pannic but he had a lifevest on so he didn't. He learned something and I did as well. I was surprised at how much water entered my yak and after the water went past the critical amount It was no longer possible to re-enter not to mention navigate with any kind of stability. My yak being a SOT I considered it to be a closed cell a float as it were but this changed that thought. I think that you would have to re-enter as soon as possible to keep from getting the critical amount of water in the yak. Causes for the large amount of water probably came from the front hatch cover being loose or maybe the large crack under the seat. I was glad that he did not get hurt and that he was a good sport about it and he did say he wanted to come back and play with the yaks so all is well thank God!!
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