Getting out of a Sib.
After two weeks with a 9' inflatable, I reckon the hardest skill, I've had to learn was getting out of the damn thing.
I am not talking about stepping out onto a flat beach, but getting out onto a bank.
Last week I was at a small lake, and coming into the shore, I had a soft grass bank to step out on to. The bank was too high to row the nose of the boat up onto and the water too deep to stand in. I came along side and reached out with my right foot on to the bank. As I went to step onto the bank, I felt the boat move out from the bank, as my weight was still on my left leg. I had to throw my weight onto my right leg. Got there but felt a thigh muscle tear doing so.
Bloody painfull, then had to drag the inflatable up a 30 metre slope, deflate it, roll it up, throw into the van, mostly on one leg, then drive 90 minutes home. Not much fun.
I'm going to look at how I could've done things better. I now have a third telescopic paddle, which, if I had've had at the time, I could have driven into the grass bank and used that as an anchor point to take my weight as I stepped out. Found another way to disembark today. The shoreline was a gentle slope so I turned the boat around, backed in then stepped over the transom. No problem if the water is shallow, and I wasn't trying to reach out to step over the side tube.
Anybody got any tips for getting onto a bank, when in deeper water, and you dont want your weight pushing the boat away as you transfer your weight on to the shoreline?