Kayak Launch Dock News
Easy Access for Kayakers with Seawalls
A friend recently told me about a product his neighbor developed to make getting in and out of a kayak easier from a dock or seawall. I was intrigued, so I took a look and had a forehead slapping, what-a-great-idea moment.
I often wondered how kayakers living along seawalled waters, especially those with big drops, manage to get into their kayaks down to the water. And Iíve seen many kayaks stored in yards along seawalls. I knew that I would end up in the drink if I had to drop down into a kayak, and I couldnít figure out how they could get back up the wall from a kayak. But I donít have a seawall, so I didnít spend time thinking about it.
The same goes for docks. Itís not an easy accomplishment getting into a kayak when the water is deeper than a foot or so. The possibility of a spill is real - Iíve been wet too many times, especially getting out of my kayak along a floating dock. Itís embarrassing, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, and climbing back onto a dock isnít exactly a piece of cake.
So Susan Butler, an avid kayaker who lives along a seawalled waterfront, designed a safe, stable and extremely easy access launch, which her mother, who is nearly 90 years old, can easily use. Itís called the Kay-aKcess, and it enables kayakers of all ages to enter their kayaks while sitting on a stable platform. Itís a snap to get all settled and into position before pushing off, totally taking the worry out of getting in and getting out of a kayak.
The Kay-aKcess is basically a floating dock with a cutout ramp that holds up to the elements. Itís easy to clean, stays cool in 95-degree temperatures, and does not require bottom painting. The Kay-aKcess can be adjusted to accommodate kayaks of any length and can be used by canoes utilizing a 48-inch slip. The launch ramp platform is lowered into the water prior to getting into the kayak and returned to a level position out of the water when youíre through, eliminating barnacles and other marine growth.
Manufactured in the United States, Kay-aKcess floats are handmade using an extrusion welding process that encases polystyrene (foam) in high-density polyethylene, the same material used in quality truck bed liners. Frames of marinegrade aluminum are welded and attached to the lip of the float, providing a sturdy base for attaching railings, decking, cleats, etc. and also the connecting mechanism to rigidly and easily connect the floats together in any configuration. An optional handrail provides additional stability and eliminates the fear of falling.
Kay-aKcess enables people with limited mobility to enjoy the wonderful sport of kayaking. Susan is seeking an Americans with Disabilities endorsement and military bases with docks and marinas have contacted her so they can offer kayaking to disabled veterans.
A condo association in Hilton Head, S.C., has designated two slips in their marina as kayak launches using Kay-aKcess. Adirondack State Park in New York purchased one for one of its lakes, and the National Park Service is using her specs for a kayak launch on Dog Island at the mouth of the Crystal River.
By Capt. Rod Walinchus
PO Box 3092
Placida, FL 33946
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