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Re: Do you wear a life jacket?

Perhaps. "single handing" is a key?

I don't wear one all the time I am on he water either. Yesterday the Admiral and I went for a paddle on Merrymeeting Bay in one of our canoes , here in Maine. It is tidal and has considerable current in places. We had pfds in the boat. The boat is positively buoyant and if we capsized it (it happens to us from time to time) we could easily reach out and grab the boat. If the boat was going to be out of reach or I was alone or large waves and current were going to complicate getting back out of the water or we were a mile from shore.... You can stand up in most of Merryingmeeting Bay. Nuf said.

Maine wardens are searching for someone this morning. The boat was found around 6:00 pm yesterday on one of the lakes with the motor running, fishing lines still deployed. Someone has lost a child and possibly a dad and husband, brother or sister. Forever! Sad! I am guessing whoever is missing did not expect to be out of their boat. It does happen all the time. It was an "Accident".

Be safe when you can.


Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper

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