Cleveland, OHUSA 44106
May 1, 2014
I spend most of my paddling time on Lake Erie but I also paddle modest whitewater on local rivers. I use hybrid canoe/kayaks as a conventional kayak seating position hurts my lower back. My boats are wider than traditional kayaks and some have outriggers. I've not been in a situation where I needed to execute a wet exit. Given the nature of my boats a wet exit is unlikely.
Okay if you need to exclude me. I don't think I'd be considered a beginner, though.
I have 2 sailing canoes with outriggers, one a tandem and one a solo. I also have a Verlen Kruger designed Monarch, a partially decked canoe/kayak that would be fairly comparable in speed and seaworthiness to a good sea kayak. I have several good PDFs, a wet suit top and several paddling jackets and pants. My Monarch has a spray skirt and the seat can be lowered such that I can paddle either a canoe or kayak paddle. I have both. I've also got a compass, dry bags and good camping gear.
I normally paddle on Lake Erie mostly along the coast for up to 25 miles at a time on day trips, and frequently out to the islands. I've crossed the Lake twice. I've also paddled Florida's west coast, Georgian Bay, Lake Superior and Maine camping for up to 2 weeks at a time. One to two hundred miles at a time.
I'm a retired IT professional who loves the outdoors: bicycling, hiking, sailing and paddling. I get out on the water several times a week in season and travel to good paddling places outside the area.