My dad an Engineer invented two devices for stabilizing a kayak to make getting in and out of a kayak easier. The first device KayaArm was invented and patented by my dad after my parents bought kayaks and my mom went for a bad swim and became extremely reluctant to join him for early morning and evening kayak trips (as they say necessity is the mother of invention). After many prototypes he worked with a specialty aluminum fabrication shop in Canada and started selling them on the internet. A guy who built a kayak using the information on this forum bought a KayaArm for his dock. He suggested that I tell you guys about it as not only does it make it really easy to get in and out of his kayak, but with a little bit of electrical tape it significantly reduces the potential to scratch his finish. He also like the way it stores the kayak dockside without the associated clutter and tripping hazard. The KayArm is great if you launch and return to the same dock.
The second device is called the KayaLeg and my dad invented it for kayak trippers (who don't use the same dock repeatedly). It makes getting in and out of your kayak easier than the traditional bridge method allowing you to lean forward (improving the biomechanics - a more natural position and natural stance). The only drawback is that people need to retrofit it to their kayak including drilling holes in the upper deck. We have an OEM design which can be moulded in and would have a much lower profile however that requires re design of the mould which manufactures are reluctant to do due to the cost. For custom builder like you guys this is easy. I would like for someone to build one in to demonstrate the OEM concept and post step by step how they did it along with pictures. In return I would provide a KayaLeg free of charge. I'm looking for someone who is an experienced builder and a kayak tripper who launches from challenging rocky shores vs a sand beach. One day when I'm retired I would love to build my wooden beauty too!! The pictures and the wealth on information is so inspiring! Please contact me directly if you have any interest. Thanks for reading.