April 9, 2012
I paddle all 4 seasons on Lake Erie, Long Island and Block Island Sounds, the Atlantic Coast along New York and New Jersey and the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. I have not yet learned to roll, but in trying, I have become very proficient wet-exiting the sea skirt, emptying the sea-sock, self-rescuing cowboy-style without using a paddle float and finish bailing the sea sock with a sponge.
I enjoy winds to 15 kts and waves to 4' and can handle winds to 20 kts and waves to 6' but my skills launching and landing in heavy surf need improvement. I would not mine being excluded from events when conditions exceed my ability.
I have 1 18' and 2 14' skin-on-frame kayaks. PFDs, spray skirts, sea socks, multiple layers of wool clothing inside gore-tex shells that chinch snugly around face, neck, wrists, waist and ankles for cold water immersion, a good pocket knife, VHF, compass, stern light, deck bag, water bottles and bags, tilley hat, helmet, gloves, water filter, sponge, anchor, solo stove, PB&J, urinal bottle, head lamp, signal whistle, tent, air mattress, sleeping bag, passport, credit cards, cash, iPhone, cotton towel, cotton handkerchief, sunglasses and finally shoes for hazardous surfaces and paranoid establishments.
Yes, North Perry to Catawba Island to North Bass Island to Pelee Island to Point Pelee National Park in Canada, up to 12 miles out from the nearest land and up to 25 miles a day on the water.
I am a retired engineer. I kayak, sail, ski, and run trails. I am also a car guy. I have a pair of Super Sevens that I show and drive on track days.