Basically, I’ve cut the bottom out of my cockpit. I’ve used silicone to fasten a pair of hip waders to the hole.
When I get tired of sitting all day, now I can slip my legs into the waders, extend them down, and “stand up” with my legs dangling underneath the kayak… It helps if I kick, like a swimming motion.
I’m working on a roll, but, with my legs down I’m finding it difficult to turn over in the first place.
Anyone else try this?
You need to get to deeper water to work on your roll, so your legs are further from the ocean bed.
I did try this also. But the waders were too small and I couldn’t get unstuck. I had to walk the 4 miles home (mostly uphill) wearing my kayak.
If you need extra buoyancy, like if you’re caught in rough water, I think there’s a way to release gas into the waders.
Sounds like a great conversation starter at parties or on blind dates. But I believe William Nealy had an idea along these lines way back when.
Please tell me you have pictures!
Didn’t Fred Flintstone have a canoe like that.
Next up: fitting into a single piece of 3mm plywood for squirt boating.
here’s my belated contribution. Definitely a fool for doing this to retrieve a snagged throw rope.