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Re: 20 LB Kayak
Had a young man paddling one of these Oru kayaks die this summer on Lake Michigan near me. They found the kayak before they found him. I don't think he was wearing a life jacket, the lake was really cold at the time, he was paddling several miles offshore, and bad weather blew in less than 30 minutes after he launched.
Don't know if design of the kayak was a contributing factor, but I sure wouldn't want to be in something that folds up when big waves hit.
The problem with these types of watercraft is that it empowers newbies with no experience to get one in the mail and rush out to the big water the next day. Kayak shop might have told him to check the weather before sailing, sold him a wetsuit and life jacket, and cautioned him against getting out too far from shore.