Thanks Pete and Adrian. I believe the yak does have an inflatable buoncy device so I really should get that in place. I believe it is sitting deflated in the rear hatch right now. I have been looking at some of the SOT models on the web and they definitely look like they are probably a better solution for me, mostly transport from spot to spot and offer more amenities if I do want to fish from it (did someone say Albies). I am just not sure I can make the commitment right now so I will try the paddle float idea. There are some flats I was thinking of accessing that just don't offer the convience of an attached shoreline so hopefully this shouldn't be an entry in deep water just a few feet where a slight difficulty getting in and out is more of an annoyance than a safety issue but I should be prepared for the worse.