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Topic: SOT Kayak Self Rescue Ladder  (Read 5064 times)

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That is a good idea, could use an old water ski handle ( witch floats too) or make your own.
just have to figure out where to attached it to, my Hobie adventure does not have handles but maybe the seat straps could work.

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I'm not sold.
I'm not saying that others might not benefit from it, but IMO it's just one more gadget.
Where would one stow it? Is it possible for you to actually get tangled in it when your yak does flip?
I watched the video. No PFD in effect. He was wearing an inflatable but did not inflate it.
No paddle leash.
I think those two things should be addressed before anything else.
You can do essentially the same thing with your paddle leash..that is...if you have one.
Just practice, practice, practice self rescue and you will find out you won't need anything but what Mother Nature gave you to work with.
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I'm with Tote on this one.
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Yea, agreed on the paddle leash and PFD, I am not even in the water long enough to use that thing. By the time he goes around his boat twice I am back to fishing. :smt002
I would also suggest its so much easier when all your crap is securely strapped down ( His crate was way too loose).


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this is nothing new. Sit inside kayakers have been using this method. It's called a stirrup.

Don't knock it till you try it - it works. I had to do all the self rescue scenarios when I worked for Aquan. I suggest trying all the rescue techniques and decide on what works easiest for you.


http://www.useakayak.org/recoveries_rescues/pf_stirrup_rec.html
« Last Edit: July 05, 2012, 10:00:04 PM by Mooch »


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I have no doubt it works.
A Penn jigmaster would work in a small stream too, doesn't mean I want to use it.  :smt044
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I'm not sold.
I'm not saying that others might not benefit from it, but IMO it's just one more gadget.
Where would one stow it? Is it possible for you to actually get tangled in it when your yak does flip?
I watched the video. No PFD in effect. He was wearing an inflatable but did not inflate it.
No paddle leash.
I think those two things should be addressed before anything else.
You can do essentially the same thing with your paddle leash..that is...if you have one.
Just practice, practice, practice self rescue and you will find out you won't need anything but what Mother Nature gave you to work with.
I saw this video earlier and noticed the same things.  I feel there is no substitute for practicing a self rescue without anything to help.  That way you are at your best under the worst conditions.  If you happen to have tools like this ladder that just makes the situation a little easier.
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Any type of device that can help someone self rescue with the least amount of energy is always a good thing. Just keep in mind that not everyone who paddles a kayak is as "able" as you are. Now that I'm on a weak state of health, I'd rather have a kayak rigged more for safety than fishability.....but that's just me  :smt002
« Last Edit: July 06, 2012, 12:04:59 AM by Mooch »


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I like it better for sit-ins than sit-ons.  I could see an angler needing to use it without practice, because he was too exhausted to get back in his boat which he/she was capable of doing before getting tired, only to keep pulling the boat towards them and failing to re-mount.
I'm not sold either.  If things get that desparate, I want to be well dressed for a long swim and hopefully be able to stay with my boat, without being beaten to death by it, before I get too tired and have a heart attack.


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The stirrup rescue totally works. I used it in classes when I had paddlers of the more "grizzly bear" physique, and sometimes women who didn't quite have the upper body strength after 3-4 different rescues. I carried a pre-tied piece of rope in my deck bag.

Not quite sure why this is a product though :smt005..., its just a piece of hollow line and a few pieces of PVC plumbing pipe....not really a ladder.
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Good thing he has a Hobie since his paddle was floating away!  :smt044
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Good idea and looks easy to make.  I still need to practice self rescue in the ocean and this might be a good backup if I can't myself from the water.  Thanks, sailfish


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Was that a trolling motor on the back of a Hobie?!?


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Was that a trolling motor on the back of a Hobie?!?

Yes it's.

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