I’ve mentioned on here many times that my husband fly fishes. I’m not sure, however, if I’ve ever mentioned that he builds skin-on-frame kayaks. For YEARS he spoke of nothing else but building a boat. In the car he talked about building a boat. At dinner he talked about building a boat. In BED he talked about building a boat.
Finally almost two and a half years ago, I’d had it and told him to build the darn boat!
Then it took him six months to decide which kind of boat to build: a skiff, a punt, a canoe, a kayak, blah, blah blah.
My life was nothing but hearing about boats–oh and fishing.
So he finally built a kayak, and named it Caddywampus due to its…er…imperfections.
Last summer and this, he’s taken Caddywampus (or Caddywomp for short) out to smaller, safer bodies of water. But he’s been itching to take it somewhere larger and practice flipping it over. Yes, flipping it over! He seriously wanted to take it out and try to escape after being flipped over (flipped by yours truly, of course), then wanted to attempt an “Eskimo Roll” where you’ve flipped, then try to roll yourself back upright without having to get out of the kayak.
He managed 9 out of 10 “escapes” from the kayak and back to safety without any assistance. Once, his foot got caught and I had to help which was actually pretty scary. But for his Eskimo Rolls he was 0/2.
One of my most enjoyable parts of the afternoon, was laughing until I got a stomach cramp as I watched him try to get back into the kayak after it had flipped.
And below, I have pictures. (Yes, he knows I’m posting them. I told him I’d post them on Facebook, but thought you guys would enjoy them more than some of my Facebook friends.)
So after it tips, the first thing you have to do is flip it back over…
Then try some method to get back in.
There’s the crawl on top and make the bow sink…
Then, there’s the “Well it’s already underwater, I should just crawl in now…”
And when that doesn’t work, there’s the “Sneak up on the cockpit from behind” tactic…
(Actually, I think he was trying to straddle-sit on the back and this was all I got and I didn’t snap a picture of him actually sitting on it.)
Either way, it didn’t do anything except fill the kayak more full of water, which then led to this:
Followed by this:
(In case you can’t see it very well or don’t know what that is, it’s a pump that’s used to pump the water out of a small boat.)
Of course had he used that giant sponge I brought him home from Pensacola, the inside of that boat would have been dry in a minute.