Posted by: jimyaker on Nov-12-10 6:35 PM (EST)
There is no real standard for the weight ranges used across the manufacturers, so the maximum weight for one may indicate the point at which it submerges while it may mean something different for another boat.
I would suggest a SOT because there is less risk of it sinking and self rescue is easier.
If you go out alone, you need to seriously bump up your margin for safety. Have a Plan B, C, and D. Make sure you post a float plan and stick to it. Get a drysuit and test it. Carry a compass, maps, and a GPS. Maybe a SPOT or VHF radio depending on your area. Consider what all might go wrong and have the gear and knowledge to make good decisions.
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