Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-18-13 12:29 PM (EST)
Your comments are very, very helpful.
Can you tell me what makes for a safe yet fast canoe? Width, length, and hull shape? I don't know anything about canoes.
I'm not at all a fast kayaker and I take pains to avoid rough water. My route decisions are very similar to your own. My concern is the times when the conditions go beyond moderate. I think you answered this when you said, "As conditions worsen, the canoeist's skills and judgement need to improve much faster than the kayaker's. And there comes a point where you just have to have a deck and bulkheads."
That's my sense also---that my intermediate kayaking skills and closed craft will get me through conditions that will overwhelm a canoe.
I've decided that I will tour with these canoeists. Your comments help me foresee what could transpire. I'm going to suggest a lake that has quite a few islands for shelter and a quick return to the launch. Maybe car camping with day trips would be a good way to start.
Thanks very much to everyone who contributed input on this. Very much appreciated.