Revisiting Attempts to Roll the Mariner Express

posted Jul 25, 2017, 3:02 PM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Jul 25, 2017, 3:19 PM ]

I abandoned my attempts to establish a consistent roll with the Mariner Express. While upside down, I had trouble getting the paddle close enough to the surface for a viable roll. This was poor technique coupled with the Mariner's intolerance of my marginal expertise. I was hitting my head against the wall with no efficient path to improving my roll. As mentioned in an earlier post, I next switched to the NDK Explorer and was rewarded with instant success for my roll, despite the poor technique. The NDK just likes to pop back up.

This change to a kayak eager to roll allowed me to work on and improve that roll. Most recently I have been able to get the paddle close enough to the surface for a decent roll while inverted. Using a Greenland paddle aided in this evolution and returning to a euro paddle retained the improvement. This, of course, has been with the NDK. Hence, I'd like to revisit and improve on my dismal showing with the Mariner. I'll try that this weekend.

We currently have 4 kayaks … one for me, one for my wife, one for a guest, and an entirely surplus kayak. My wife has her kevlar Necky Looksha IV of which she is fond. I have begun clinging to the NDK, but if I can consistently roll the Mariner then I could part with either the NDK or the Mariner. I could also sell the Noyak, but its size and weight are nice for a guest … and it's royal purple!

So this story must continue. Can I joyfully roll that Mariner?