Here’s my new Perception Sonoma ten-foot kayak:
Yesterday, wearing a wetsuit, I experimented with tipping it over and trying to self-rescue. It tipped a little more easily than I’d expected, and I found self-rescue impossible.
Note that it does not have a bulkhead. It does have blocks of foam (see next post).
To self-rescue, I fell out such that water got into the cockpit. I then got up onto the stern deck (I weigh 162 pounds). I then climbed forward, but my weight caused the kayak to go down in the water such that the edges of the cockpit were submerged. At that point, almost the entire boat was underwater.
If I were in open water, I would have to swim to shore pulling a very full kayak behind me.
Do you think I could learn to self-rescue in this situation?
Is there a cheap way to fill that entire stern compartment with a float bag? Seal it off?