Section 24 - Setup Kayak
This kayak is ready to launch.
Do not attach your paddle leash to the paddle when launching and landing. You are likely to get tangled up in it if you run into problems. If you need both hands free while launching then leave the paddles broken down and in the kayak, but remember they are not secured that way. I leave them broken down because I have to attach the fish finder transducer while standing in 2-4 feet of water where there is no chance of losing the paddles. If there is surf, I paddle out through it before attaching the transducer.
When landing, I get out of the kayak in 2-4 feet of water and walk it to shore. I break down the paddle and toss it in the kayak so both my hands are free. (If you have installed a fish finder don't forget to disconnect the transducer before dragging the kayak onto shore.) This kayak is difficult to steer with the paddle, especially loaded with gear. If you ride it to the shore in surf, you run the risk of rolling it. Then you will be rinsing sand out of your gear for the rest of the day. If you do roll the kayak near the shoreline, don't get between it and the shore. It is an "ankle biter". Let it go to shore, then retrieve it. Again, I remind you not to drag this kayak onto shore fully loaded any farther than is needed as it puts stress on the handle mounting holes. Pull the kayak just far enough onto the shore to be out of the water. Remove your BCD and regulator from the tank, remove the tank and weight belt from the kayak and place them in a safe spot on shore. Pick the kayak up by the rear handle, make a full circle, and drag it the rest of the way onto the beach by the rear handle since most of the remaining weight is in the front hatch.
The above photo shows the kayak setup for launching or landing. Note, both the anchor leash and the paddle leash are easily accessible at all times when kept at these locations. (The center hatch is not installed on this kayak. The hatch cover has been placed over the kayak material for added support since I had the cover from my older kayak.)
The above photo depicts the kayak setup awaiting you upon surfacing from a dive. The leashes are hanging overboard ready for immediate use.
If you roll this kayak out on the water the easiest way to upright it is at the center, which is the widest point. Simply reach across the center to the other side and pull it over to the upright position. Don't try to upright it from the ends, it doesn't work.