You're bucking for...
Posted by: Bnystrom on Dec-09-12 6:58 PM (EST)
...a Darwin award. Get proper immersion gear and wear it. While you're at it, learn some bracing and rescue skills. If you can't do that, stay off the water!
I'm tired of reading about people who do what you're doing and wind up in a morgue. Irresponsible paddlers are the main reason we have fight off ridiculous legislation every year that's aimed at protecting us from ourselves.
Yes, this is harsh, but so is reality. In cold water conditions, you have very little margin for error and water doesn't care how good your intentions are. If you don't believe that, buy a copy of "Sea Kayaker, Deep Trouble" and read it.