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  Posted by: old_user on Feb-28-13 2:53 PM (EST)

I'm not too worried about international crossing as we have no plans to hit any of the islands on the other side of the border right now. This year will be our first year and there is more than enough of other locations to start and build our skills up. Thanks everyone for all of the warnings but I'm not going to hit these islands for a long while, if ever.

We will be most likely starting out in canals and such around Gibralatar including Sterling State park launching off of the beach to practice recoveries and basic control. There is an almost endless amount of inland bays and lakes in the area that it would take years to explore. I think this will keep us busy until we feel like hitting real open water.

As much as you guys are brining up recoveries I'm very interested in seeing for myself exactly how hard it is to drag oneself back into a boat. It must be harder than expected? I've read that a high back seat gets in the way as well.

My yak is an Perception Expression 14.5.

I actually grew up swimming in the Detroit river off of Celeron Island, the rockwall, Sugar island, Crystal Lake, White Sands, Boblo etc. I've heard that crossing over is more strict these days.

Thanks for the links and information, I'm reading it all now!


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