I know this is a little off topic, since this is a BUILDER'S forum, but does anyone here have experience with recovery techs in Shearwaters? Went out to practice today in the lake:
1. "Ladder". FAIL. It seems like the stern is too buoyant, and I can't straddle it without re-capsising the 'yak.
2. "Cowboy Scramble". FAIL. It seemed too tippy-couldn't get my body far enough across the boat without wearing it like a hat.
3. Eskimo Roll. INCOMPLETE. I didn't have a full spray skirt.
4. Paddle Float "T" Re-Entry. PASS. It seemed like it would have been easier with a wider boat. I also found that I could get 90% of the water out by lifting an end, but only with the aid of the float.
I realize I'm new at this, and I need practice, but is there a preferred method of re-entering this kayak? Has anyone ever heard of the "Rat Swim"? It looks like you place your legs in the cockpit & use the paddle float to lever up, kind of like an interrupted Eskimo Roll.