ease of getting in and out

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bev
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ease of getting in and out

Post by bev » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:37 pm

I have always rented hard shell kayaks. I am interested in purchasing the Strait Edge. I am 59 & have a bad back & knees. How easy are these to get in and out of?
With the hard shell I dock as far on shore or dock as possible. Do you need to get in and out slighty off shore with the inflatable?

Pearly
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Post by Pearly » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:03 pm

As long as you are not landing on barnacles or broken glass, you will be fine! The material is pretty tough, so can stand up to considerable abuse. You can get both legs over one side and push your hands down on the kayak on both sides to get in/out - this will take the pressure of your back & knees.

As an aside, have you tried Glucosamine + Chondroitin? You can get it in tablet/capsule form and most people feel the benefit in 2 to 3 weeks.

MikeSue
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Post by MikeSue » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:17 am

We find inflatables pretty easy to get in and out of in our 40s. We have a different model kayak (convertible) and we sit in from side at 90 degree angle to let feet drip off and then swing feet over and in. We usually get in along shore in about a foot of water. There are probably other methods that work as well.

Inflatables are also very comfortable to sit on during a trip.

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