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  I find it hard to believe in self-rescue
  Posted by: ezwater on Feb-12-13 10:53 AM (EST)

of any of my canoes or kayaks out on a lake or the ocean. I put my trust in cumulative experience and judgement regarding wind and weather conditions. When in doubt, don't go far out.

The cockpit of my Necky touring kayak is kinda small, but I'm not. Entering that cockpit while stepping off from shore is already an exercise in leg threading, so the idea of re-entering in a paddle float rescue does not inspire trust or a sense of purpose. I've rolled kayaks, and I will learn to roll that one, or get by on judgement.

As for canoes, my observations in Quetico and Killarney suggest that your basic unwashed tandem canoeists are not turning turtle very often at all. I guess they're getting by on judgement, too, because I've been out on those lakes in whitecaps, and at the time, it wasn't skill. So let's dismiss the notion that most tandem paddlers know how to self-rescue, much less that they do it.

Wanna see me roll my c-1?

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