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#290798 - 10/08/18 05:42 PM the wrong boat on the wrong lake...
TeacherRO Offline
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Taking an open topped out on the biggest lake in North America...

Kayak capsises on Lake Superior

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#290803 - 10/08/18 05:52 PM Re: the wrong boat on the wrong lake... [Re: TeacherRO]
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It will be instructive to get more details, but five people in a 13.5 foot open kayak?? - looks a lot like overloading. Personally, I wouldn't put one person in an open kayak, unless they were wearing a wetsuit with a hood.

I am a firm believer in real kayaks, as opposed to the toy-like open kayaks.

When you are in water as cold as lake Superior, life preservers function as body retrieval devices. I believe those waters are about as warm as they get right now. I have vivid memories of scuba diving off Isle Royale in June - water temps 34 degrees.
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#290809 - 10/08/18 10:18 PM Re: the wrong boat on the wrong lake... [Re: TeacherRO]
Phaedrus Offline
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Very sad. Just reading the sparse article it sounds pretty irresponsible to take young children out in an overloaded open kayak.
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#290811 - 10/09/18 01:08 AM Re: the wrong boat on the wrong lake... [Re: TeacherRO]
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Superior has a long reputation as a violent inland sea. It eats ships. I'm sad that an unfortunate choice has led to such loss of life.

The legends are long enshrined in ballad, and with good reason.

Quote:
And the legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'Gitche Gumee'
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.
-Gordon Lightfoot


Quote:
But I told that kid a hundred times, Don't take the Lakes for granted!
They go from calm to 100 knots so fast they seem enchanted.
But tonight some red-eyed Wiarton girl lies starin' at the wall,
And her lover's gone into a white squall.
-Stan Rogers


Edited by dougwalkabout (10/09/18 01:18 AM)

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#290821 - 10/09/18 10:33 PM Re: the wrong boat on the wrong lake... [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
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Yes - The lake runs from about 32 -38 degrees year round.

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#290822 - 10/09/18 10:41 PM Re: the wrong boat on the wrong lake... [Re: dougwalkabout]
Teslinhiker Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1379
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
Superior has a long reputation as a violent inland sea. It eats ships. I'm sad that an unfortunate choice has led to such loss of life.

The legends are long enshrined in ballad, and with good reason.

Quote:
And the legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'Gitche Gumee'
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.
-Gordon Lightfoot

Iconic lyrics by an equally iconic Canadian singing legend.

For anyone who (including me) spends time out on the water, always needs to keep in mind that the sea (or ocean or lake) is a cruel mistress, who never relents in her pursuit of unmercifully snuffing out your life when you least expect it.

Of all environments, I have the utmost respect for the water. And for the foolhardy and unprepared who hear the mistress's siren call and dare to venture out, they rarely have a second chance. The OP's linked article is an all too stark reminder of that.
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