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Old 06-30-2004, 09:40 PM
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Imagine a self-rescue in deep water! In December...

The ease of entry/exit is a major reason why sit-on-tops and craft like the Pungo are so popular...But there is a workable solution that you really should be friends with!
Here's the deal...
Unless you have the cerebellum (balance) of a barn swallow or a Cirque de Soule acrobat, get yourself a foam paddle float...(there are cheaper compact inflatables but you don't want to have to blow them up when everything is cold and wet and upside down!)...the foam is readytogo NOW...
It slides over the blade and secures with the wrap of a strap...
Once in place, use the paddle & float as an outrigger...extending the floaty end and holding the paddle shaft behind the cockpit as you mount your butt on the shaft and rear of the cockpit...wiggle yourself into position while leaning into the outrigger...and do it over and over until it becomes familiar.
The float can also be used in an advanced maneuver to achieve a modified roll...
The paddle float (held at the ready under a decking bungee for quick access) can be pulled from its' docking spot and used instead of the paddle to perform the roll.
But, first things first...do the entry/exit drill until it works (and have a teathered bailing device handy so that if you ever have to do a self rescue in deep water, once back in the cockpit you'll be able to lighten the watery load before you get undeway...
Paddling a Yak full of gas is like trying to herd cats!
I hope this helps!
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