Originally Posted by wyosam
Yeah, would definitely rather have something else- SH is not really the boat for that even without rescue potential thrown in, seems like a fast river runner would be the ticket.
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I hear ya. For what its worth, I have pulled a few rafts and people to shore in my time. I would never push a raft to an eddy with my kayak again! I've made that mistake too many times. I ended up in holes and off line more often than not. plus there is no winning against a 16' round boat with 5 days of gear.
People are teachable. Just let them know that the can hold to the grab loop and kick like they need to win the Olympics. And they need to let go when I tell them to do so and remind them that I'll get right back asap!
For big round boats I now attach my big throw bag to my rescue tether and binger the rope end to a D ring on the raft and paddle like hell to shore and swing the boat like a pendulum to shore from my feet on shore. I only got 75' of rope so timing is everything. You just need to plan a head and find a good spot down stream to pull it off. For me its way quicker to get the raft to shore this. Keep in mind that the rope from your throw bag is coming out as your paddling you ass off and you may need to pull the harness at any moment if the rope hangs.
I think you can get a round to shore with your vuran and knife the big shit. That's how I'd roll.