My last post mentions the Kiwi kayak.
If you visited the provided link you saw the handholds moulded into both ends of the kayak. Big plus for locking the kayak with a chain or cable locking system to keep thieves from carrying it away. If in Fiiji nothing gets stolen, only borrowed... Still.
The second big plus is the bow handhold enables one to attach a line roughly equal to the kayak length, or longer. A shackle (trigger releaseable under load is best) attached at a point equal to your reach, arm extended, about mid length of the line enables you to attach the shackle to a strong point on a boat or dock
. This can be a cleat, shroud
, padeye or stanchion by rounding the stanchion once and attaching the shackle to the rope
Exiting the kayak at a dock
or boat is accomplished by firmly placing your feet on the kayak bottom. Then, grasping a strong point and pushing forward and inward agains the boat, ladder or dock pull yourself yourself up. Entering the kayak is similarly done in the reverse.
If you are coming ashore at a beach or boat ramp
with a significant incline, use the bow line to pull yourself up and step out over the side.
I carry an advanced design inflatable kayak too. This facillitates moving my bicycle to and from shore by towing the inflatable with bike behind the Kiwi. It is also available for a guest or crew member
to move independent of myself.