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redfeathers

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Hi - I am wondering if there are any techniques to climb back into an empty Soar 14 while in deep water, or do you generally have to be in shallow water?

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Scott

Birdy

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I am interested to answers, too
ricknriver

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Surprised there are no responses. I'm brand new to IKs but, if using a double blade yak paddle, and having a paddle float, you could put the inflated paddle float on one blade of the paddle, and slide the other end through the IKs side or seat rigging. Then us this "outrigger" to stabilize the boat as you pull yourself back in putting one foot and leg on the outrigger to help.  Would check out some kayak self-rescue u-tube videos. Just thoughts, R
Hugh

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Having not tried reentry with a Soar this is theoretical. In my experience with open canoes it is entirely possible to get back in a canoe in open water. It does take technique, some strength and PRACTICE. If both paddlers are out of the boat get on opposite sides of the boat.As one stablizes the canoe, the other grabs the grommet strip or seat . By doing a strong scissor kick ,pull yourself onto the the tube. and keeping your weight low, roll into the bottom of the boat.
If you are solo, technique is even more important as you are dealing with getting up & over the tube and your PFD doesn't help.
This should work but remember this is in perfect conditions. Add moving water, rapids, rocks, etc............
As I've said. I've not tried this with a Soar but I'm sure it's possilble. Perhaps someone with practical experience can comment.
Hugh

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