Max I hear you about switching from side to side when you're not as young and limber as you once were. It was a little awkward switching and then the paddle was in the way so i had to be careful so it didn't fall in the water. Several times I thought it would be nice to have paddle holders on both sides. But deploying and rolling up the tramps on the water aren't too difficult to accomplish if you needed to pull in an aka for docking. The tramps are definitely a worthwhile investment in my opinion and I'll continue to use mine and work around the rudder issue.
Chris the scenario you spoke of could work. I've crawled out onto a tramp a few times already but I prefer being in the seat while underway.
Looks good Pirate. I see you have one of those "faster" red AI's
Looks like ChrisJ has provided the answer, since I can't imagine often take a friend along, and never for long periods or in strong conditions, I imagine sitting each side would be the way to go, particularily as I manage to sail without needing Pedalling.
Florida, It's good to hear that Jetty-folding the AMA is not a really fiddley thing to do.
Pirate makes a happy and welcome observation about getting the lines out of the Cockpit, especially if you have the extra adjustable Barber Hauler lines to deal with.
Once when climbing in I accidentally leaned on the Hobie Paddle whilst it was in it's rest, this irreparably bent the plastic joiner which had to be replaced
With the mesh I would now have somewhere else to temporarily place the paddle out of the way whilst I got seated.
Yes, Red Boats get more girls, and that's a very nice peacefull Photograph BTW.