Upon its introduction at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, the new EZ Dock EZ Kayak Launch won an Innovation Award from the NMMA in the Docking and Fendering Equipment category. “This one was a no-brainer,” said Lenny Rudow, one of the seven judges on the panel. “Usually we argue over which product in any given category was best, but the EZ Kayak Launch was a hands-down unanimous winner. One by one we sat in a kayak and used the integrated paddle notches to pull it on and off the Launch, and all of us were shocked at how easy it was.”
“Easy” is indeed the right word to describe launching a paddle-craft from the EZ Kayak Launch, starting with boarding. The EZ Dock Kayak Launch was developed with safety as the centerpiece, helping to eliminate tip-overs and other launching challenges—and stepping into a small watercraft as it floats is one of the most common ways people fall into the water. After stepping in and sitting on your kayak, hold your paddle out in front of you, slide either end into the notches, and then pull. Each notch allows you to slide about a foot at a time. Thanks to the slick polyethylene surface this isn’t nearly as strenuous as dragging a kayak—much less lifting and carrying one—and the women and seniors on the panel had no problem with it whatsoever.
“At EZ Dock, we really wanted a simple and easy way to help people enjoy the water more often and with less effort. We didn’t like that the season was often cut short by the hassle of launching a kayak in cold water. We wanted to make a product that allowed users the freedom to just throw on their vest and go,” said Megan Damcevski, of EZ Dock. “The EZ Kayak Launch is designed to remove the barriers that can make it hard for people to get out on the water. The unmatched stability of EZ Kayak Launch makes getting into and out of the water easy, safe and dry. From experienced kayakers to those just getting started, the EZ Kayak Launch can benefit everyone.”
Sliding the kayak back onto the Launch is just as easy, and the V-shaped entry naturally centers the craft as you pull it back up onto the Launch. Plus, since the floating EZ Kayak Launch always remains at the same level above the water, it’s always at the ideal height for both launching and retrieving your paddlecraft. To see for yourself, check out this short video of taking kayaks on and off of the EZ Kayak launch.
The EZ Kayak Launch can be attached to any modular EZ Dock system, but don’t have to buy a complete dock in order to enjoy the EZ Kayak Launch. Your local dealer can help you find the best way to attach to your current set-up.
“We are also currently in development of options regarding securing your kayak within the launch,” said Damcevski. “This will be exclusive to the EZ Kayak Launch and available for purchase this summer!”
For more information, visit EZ Dock.
Editor’s Note: Promotional consideration for this article was provided by EZ Dock.