.. I stick the end of the paddle in the deck lip then tie it up to the tramp lacing to stabilize it.. Then walk out.. lean back.. and it pops right up.. No problem.
I'm interested in this method but can't visualise, please explain with more detail, perhaps diagram if possible. Thanks.
Matt.. If this is in bad form.. (stealing pix from beachcats) I will find different pictures..
But this is basically what I am talking about..
Only I only use a short wooden paddle which is probably not even 3 ft long. I have even used a telescoping paddle in a pinch.. But it requires of course stepping from the hull to the ropes tying it off...
On my wooden paddle I have a little neoprene sleeve which slips over the end of the paddle to help it grip and protects the boat a little better.
I use this knot to secure the stabilizing line to my paddle.. http://www.animatedknots.com/icicle/ind ... dknots.com
With my short paddle there are some limitations.. I am hiked out off the paddle, meaning some balance and physical ability is required in any kind of rough water... but the system is simple and cheap.. and probably stuff you are already carrying on the boat. Or could/should carry on the boat anyway. Using a longer pole/paddle as shown in the picture above would make the system easier to use.. but require carrying a larger pole.
and be careful.. while this setup certainly works well enough for my needs.. it would be easy to get careless and break the paddle damaging yourself or your boat. Or whatever...
My advice is worth what you paid for it..