The right kayak can save your life

by Carl Natale on May 17, 2010

I hate to talk about the for two the kayakers missing in Casco Bay without all the details. But my column on buying a kayak was published in the Maine Sunday Telegram. Before I go further, the Coast Guard reports that they have been found.

UPDATE: They were found alive floating in Casco Bay – severely hypothermic. Let’s hope they pull through.

UPDATE: Now the Coast Guard says they didn’t survive. I’m so sorry for their families.

The whole point of my column was that you need to buy the right boat for the type of paddling you want to do. The kind of kayak you want to take around Ram Island is a sea kayak. That’s at least 16 feet long with good secondary stability. More importantly, you need to know how to use it.

The water around there is pretty tricky. The current can be strong. If you get too close to any of the rocks, you may not be able stay off them. It’s a fun place to play but not to sight see without the right equipment and skills.

I’m glad they’re alive. And I really want to know what happened. It’s worth examining for lessons.

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