Hi, gang. I’ve been practicing rescues and just haven’t been able to get enough water out of the boat if I’m alone. T-rescue, no problem…but I paddle alone occasionally, so I need to figure out how to get the water out by myself, hopefully without spending 20 minutes pumping. When I try to lift the boat to drain it, mostly what happens is that the boat pushes ME down.
Do you have any recommendations for a way to displace water in front of my footpegs? I’ve got a bulkhead further forward, so a standard tapered bow bag won’t do much for me. The space is trapezoidal. I’ll bet if I could put something there, I could keep a good 3-4 gallons of water out when the boat inverts, and that’s 25-32 pounds I don’t have to hoist when I drain the boat. I considered placing a garbage bag there and pointing a can of expanding foam into it, to create a tailor-made chunk of foam. I’m nervous, though, because the stuff that expands a lot is RIDICULOUSLY strong and would easily blow the boat apart if it chose to expand sideways instead of back toward the seat.
Ideally it would be something removable. I don’t want to do anything that would prevent the footpegs from moving forward if someone taller borrows my boat.