Major Screw Up, Thought I was a Goner
Took my Wavewalk with recently installed Trolling Motor on a flats fishing trip last Sunday. Had to cross a shallow mud flat enroute to my planned fishing area. I knew it was really shallow but thought I could pick my way across. Ran aground about 300 yards from the mainland and 100 yards into the mud flat. It was stuck hard! I couldn't get the Kayak to move using the paddle as a push pole or with the trolling motor on high speed. I tried to reach around to change the angle on the trolling motor and the Kayak dipped hard and threw me out. Very fortunately I grabbed hold before the yak could blow out of reach. I was only in about six inches of water, but my legs were buried in soft mud over my knees and I couldn't get them out of the mud. I finally managed to pull myself using the yak as a lever to the front of the yak and positioned myself between the twin bows and rested my arms and my weight on the yak. After I calmed down I realized that I was standing in the middle of a mud flat several hundred yards from solid ground. Part of the problem is I'm 70 years old and have both knees replaced. After a long exhausting effort I managed to get the yak back into about 10 inches of water. I didn't want to try and get back into it as I was afraid I might capsize it and be in even more trouble so I laid down across the middle of the yak, head on one side and feet on the other and turned the trolling motor on low. It worked and I ran to a small island about 100 yards away. Wet and exhausted I just sat on the sand trying to recover when I realized my very new Sig Sauer 380 was no longer clipped to my waist. That was a real panic, fortunately when I looked in the yak I found the 380 and holster, unfortunately they were laying in salt water I took on during my misadventure. End of story is I proceeded back to my launch point without incident, got as much mud off myself and my equipment and headed for home. Took the 380 apart and soaked it in hot soapy water, then rinsed it with clean water, let it dry and lubed it very thoroughly. I really though I was going to die sinking into the mud. Other than feeling like a complete idiot as I have been on the water for at least 65 of my 70 years. I think my family and friends were right! I was crazy to be out by myself in a Kayak, especially in a remote location. My daughter is looking at buying a waterfront property on a local lake and if she does, she's going to get $2000 dollars worth of Kayak and equipment as a gift. I don't quite understand how the Kayak got stuck so solidly, unless its because the sharply shaped twin bows on the Wavewalk sucked down into the mud. I know how hard it was to get my legs out and the kayak seemed to be glued to the bottom. Oh well, I'll probably do more dumb stuff before I meet my maker.