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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:08 pm 
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When I'm getting up and out of the kayak, I don't want to stand on the fabric, but its difficult to stand on the central pipe, with both feet, so I am planning to place a pair of carbon plates on the bottom, to stand on.

What do you guys do?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:20 pm 
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I usually attach a paddle float to the end of my paddle, place the shaft just behind the cockpit coaming then, gripping the paddle shaft, I push myself up onto the rear deck. At that point I swing my legs out of the cockpit into the water. This works pretty well and avoids grounding the boat on a rough beach.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:34 pm 
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In low water, I can just stay in the seat and swing my legs out of the cockpit.

I was thinking of exiting unto a "pier" (don't know the exact word) or a bank, where I would normally get my feet under me in the kayak, pull myself forward(to get my point of gravity over my feet) to be able raise myself till I can swing my behind unto the pier.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:22 am 
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pbekkerh wrote:
In low water, I can just stay in the seat and swing my legs out of the cockpit.

I was thinking of exiting unto a "pier" (don't know the exact word) or a bank, where I would normally get my feet under me in the kayak, pull myself forward(to get my point of gravity over my feet) to be able raise myself till I can swing my behind unto the pier.

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I don't stand in the kayak. I put all my weight on the pier and roll up on it. I use a foot to keep the kayak close.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:27 pm 
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Same here. If you stand you run the risk of the kayak slipping away from under your feet... with dire consequences.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:32 pm 
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I don't stand up fully but on a 1/2 meter high pier, you need to raise the body, which I do by using my legs, its too awkward and difficult to raise yourself solely by your arms.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:43 pm 
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You are quite right. Getting on a half metre high dock can be a challange. I try to grab on to whatever I find that's within arm's reach to help me.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:49 pm 
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Keep in mind that the fabric is *very* strong. You're not going to damage it standing on it in soft soled booties or shoes.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:37 am 
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Perhap some high density foam sleeping mat to minmise damage. Have this as a fixture in my FC. Saves scuffs, and mud/dirt from shoes etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:31 pm 
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The foam pad is a good idea if you feel uncomfortable with the mix of fabirc and aluminum. But Michael is right is saying you can just stand on the fabric with appropriate footwear.

Is that picture made in Norwalk, CT?

Nice pier.

I use the same technique as Chuck and when the pier/dock is a little taller get up on my knees in the cockpit, usually by turning around and facing the stern, and then using the seat as a step... but I also have Kleppers... so I may not know what I'm talking about here... ha.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:39 pm 
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The photo is from the internet but I think from somewhere in Denmark.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:30 pm 
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Yes, as easy as docks are for getting into your kayak, they sure don't return the favor when trying to get out :shock: .
On a high dock, I look for a dock cleat and hoist myself up and roll on ( like Chucks method).
On your "typical" low floating kayak dock without dock cleats, I raise myself up a bit by putting my hands near the gunwales (more stable than at the coaming), place feet on the keel, place one hand on dock and the other centered on the coaming behind the seat (or boomerang piece), push myself up and swing caboose over dock to sit down. Actually works... balance is the key (that is why feet and the hand on the coaming need to be centered on kayak). Similar on a streamside overhanging bank.
Paddle braces are a bit tricky on some of my kayaks with thin washboards (Kette, for example. Serious risk of breakage), but work well enough on others (Klepper T67 and Nautiraid).

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