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  Posted by: Toller on Dec-10-12 11:10 AM (EST)
 

I don't even know if I CAN paddle this winter. If the shore freezes, I won't even be able to get to the water, so the whole thing is academic. Launching from the ice seems a bit dicey. I will have to see how it goes.

A few years back I bought a canoe in February and had to try it out. The only open water was a large creek that flowed too fast to freeze over. I took the canoe out, dressed wholly inappropriately, and immediately capsized. I took the time to save the canoe and the paddle and ran home. It was a horrible experience that I hope not to go through again, but it was a huge distance from a Darwin Award!

Changing the question a bit, the water is now 46*. How deadly do you figure that is; bearing in mind that I will be in 4' of water 80' from shore.

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