exiting witout a bath

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exiting witout a bath

Post by ATPringles » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:00 pm

Hi, I'm a new Dragonfly owner. I have other kayaks, but none with such a small cockpit with wide gunwales. Does anybody have suggestions for an exit that isn't just dropping one's feet overboard to the side and lunging out? With my knees over the gunwales, ankles and bottom seem to be occupying about the same altitude, and, well, my exits have lacked any semblance of refined grace. Actually, they more closely resemble a dying carp flopping about on the shore, only I'm in the water. With hardshell boats, I just paddle them onto some dry ground or as shallow an area as I can find. I'm hesitant to do that with the inflatable because it's inflatable, and I figure that would abrade the bottom. Any suggestions for a drier exit, or should I just plan on providing entertainment wherever I go? :-)

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Post by rsimpson » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:06 pm

Try using your paddle to exit the kayak. While sitting in your kayak, put the paddle behind you, and use the paddle as a brace to push off of. Works great for me.

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Post by JCOOLEY » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:16 pm

If I cannot run the kayak aground straight forward, I pull up to shore sideways and exit out that way. The most I get wet is a little of one foot but usually can do it without getting wet at all.

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Post by ATPringles » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:20 pm

Maybe practice makes perfect, but I got more wet exiting the Dragonfly that I have exiting any of my boats. I guess it could have been location, too. The shore drops off pretty quickly where I got out. I think the entertainment factor was pretty high. I had my paddle braced behind me, moved my legs over to the side adjacent to the shore, and ended up quite wet. Happy, but wet. I guess I'll just have to practice. What a pity... :lol:

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Post by JCOOLEY » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:02 pm

You can always lift yourself up and sit your bottom on the back of the kayak instead of swinging your legs over the side. Worth a shot.

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Post by ATPringles » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:33 pm

I'll give it a shot. I had visons of the kayak rearing up like Trigger, the Lone Ranger's horse, and dumping me off the back. Obviously, I need to go out and experiment. My sister bought one at the same time. She got a 2009 mode during the same close out salel. We're going paddling together this weekend, and I'd rather not look like a total fool. Maybe I can just say I'm providing examples of what not to do. Thanks for the suggestions!

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Post by sonar » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:01 am

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Post by ATPringles » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:22 am

Sonar, that is just excellent! I've done most of those exits successfully. One of my kayaking friends and I "rate" each exit. We've never scored less than an 8 and she fell in once! Thanks for sharing.

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Post by dspid2404 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:58 pm

I can't speak for the Dragonfly but on the Expedition I just put one hand on each side just behind me and lift up just enough to move my right leg out to the side and step out. Apparently it looks good because people in regular kayaks ask me to show them and no one seems to be able to do it. So I guess I'm one of the special ones.

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Post by ATPringles » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:05 pm

I'm sure willing to give it a try. Maybe it was a onetime thing, but I've not gotten that wet before, as I did getting out of the Dragonfly. Grace isn't my middle name, but I'd like to do better.

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Post by dspid2404 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:06 am

We all fall once in a while. Think of it as the risk we take. Why does it always happen when people are watching. Thats what I would like to know.

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Post by PJohanson » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:01 pm

Oh, these posts have had me laughing so hard. Thank you all! I thought I was the only one.
I've had my Dragonfly for five years, and most of the time there are loads of people on the shore watching when I land.
Sometimes they applaud. Sometimes they run forward with looks of desperate concern!
Most of the time I just fold one leg under me (like when sitting cross-legged) and lift the other foot out and plunk it into the water. Then I straighten the folded leg. You can guess by this that so far, I still have two working knees. With luck, the boat doesn't drift too far while I have some of my weight on one foot in the water and some on the folded foot in the boat.
The back up plan is to wait pathetically at the waterline till someone comes along who is strong enough to lift my bow onto the shore. Note -- tiny ancient ladies are not strong enough to llift but can hold the bow steady!
Then I roll onto my side and slither out.
Grace? Hah. Dignity? Hah. But in five years I have fallen over exactly once, so yay!

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Post by snap-e-tom » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:54 am

Just got a Firefly a few weeks ago and I dread getting out, but my last attempt was less awful than my previous ones, so I'll share it with you. I call it the "Limbo Exit". In about a foot of water or less, swing your legs over one side and tuck both feet under the kayak, like you're getting ready to go under the limbo stick. Then, lunge forward and pray. I'm 57 and weigh 220 lbs, so it looks kinda pathetic, but only a little water gets in.

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Post by sonar » Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:38 pm

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