This is a follow-up to my Self-Rescue–Fail thread.
Yesterday I tried a self-rescue again after adding NRS flotation tubes to my Perception Sonoma 10 kayak:
I’m pleased to report that not only was it possible, it was relatively easy. I did it twice, all in water over my head.
The first time, I pulled the bilge pump from the aft deck bungees and pumped out the water before trying to get back it. That worked well, even though it took a while to get the water out. Then, I pulled the rear seat support from its slot to keep it out of the way. Finally, I pulled myself up onto the aft deck, turned, and shimmed up and into the cockpit.
Next, I repeated the entire procedure but without pumping the water out, first. That also worked.
Finally, I loaded it up and went fishing.
Of course, self-rescue will be harder without a wetsuit and with gear crashing around, but I’m confident I can do it.