martin c.

Location:

Cleveland, OH

Member since:

May 1, 2014

Tell us about yourself and your sea paddling experience including wet exit experience with a sea skirt.

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.

While we welcome beginner kayakers and want to encourage those seeking sea kayaking learning events and experiences are you OK with being being excluded from events (for safety) based on your beginner status?

Okay if you need to exclude me. I don't think I'd be considered a beginner, though.

Describe your sea kayaking gear including whether you have access to a boat. Include PFD, spray skirt, wet suit and any other gear you will bring and use for outings.

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.

Have you paddled on Lake Erie? If so, where and how far? There is no wrong answer to this question.

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.

Is your profile picture an identifiable head shot of YOU and ONLY you? If not, you will be declined.

Yes

Introduction

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.


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