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involves a fair amount of white water and some that all but the hair boaters must carry around. The original post is a little concerning to me as to whether the dangers associated with paddling white water in cold water and remote areas are perceived. The dangers are real. Not to be a wet blanket - but we all need to be humble about our own skill levels and develop the necessary skill for the water we plan to paddle before we take the risk of paddling in cold and high water. The Machias is a great river but like many other similar rivers there have been terrible accidents on the Machias.
Given the OPs experience on the East Branch, (wrecked a FEW times and lost gear) it might be worth considering a trip on something in the class 2 range - there are plenty of them and they can be just as much fun - maybe more fun because they are less stressful. Just a thought. Some might think of a trip like the OP describes on the East Branch as a disaster and feel that you were lucky to get out alive. You can gain skills in heavier white water in warmer water and on rivers closer to the road and then be safer and more relaxed when you move up to more remote and heavier white water trips in loaded boats.
I don't mean to be too negative - maybe as your say you are more prepared this time around. But please be cautious.
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