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    Paddling a ski?!?!

    Has anyone tried paddling a ski?

    I only have the choice of one ramp where I drop in and it's ridiculously shallow and full of nasty shingle and broken twigs / branch bits.

    No matter how I try it is impossible to launch or recover without all the crap jamming up the pump.

    The bottom is like this for about 200 yards then is drops off a shelf and is perfect.

    My thought is to try and paddle out with a single folding T handle paddle, has anyone tried this? It's quite a sheltered spot on a lake so there's little swell or water movement unless someone leaves their wake behind!

    Thoughts?


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    I keep a T-handled, telescopic paddle in my RXT. At 11' feet in length it's somewhat of a chore, but quite doo-able. 200 yards worth? You'll get a workout, but it can certainly be done. Your only other easy choice is having a boat, who's going the same way, to tow you out.

    Other options - drive! Expand your horizons... Obviously I don't know your geo-local, but perhaps it's time to find another body of water...?

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    If it's that shallow can you just walk it out to the edge of the drop off, then get on and paddle out just for a little bit and then start 'er up?

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    Personally I'd just walk it out. If its all muck and mushy on the bottom grab a pair of water shoes. I do keep a telescopic paddle in the ski but I've never had to use it.

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    Dang, never crossed my mind on the walk out - a lot of my area will send you waist deep in bottomless muck. Then, other areas are hard and sandy. If you still don't want to walk it out, consider getting a telescopic push-pole with a "duck-billed" bottom.

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    I did my dads 20' Sea Ray boat once for that distance when the water level dropped low one day. I'm sure you can handle a 11FT ski

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    If it's difficult to paddle like you would a canoe, maybe you can use the paddle as a push pole most of the way out.

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    I kept one in my Honda F-12X. Used it once

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    I paddle out about 150-200ft because of heavy growth at my launch. Other than taking a few extra minutes to get out really isn't any trouble. I have a Kwik Tek telescoping paddle. Fits perfect in the front storage area.

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    The first 3times I swam the ski out, that sucked!

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