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Re: "Capsize on Clendening", June 2013 issue

Discussion in 'Wooden Canoe Journal' started by Roger Young, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    This interesting story, especially the part about difficulties in throwing a floating safety line, brought back memories and (possibly) a hint which might help others. Years ago, following the introduction of regulations requiring 50' floating safety lines, whistles and other gear to be carried on all watercraft, I was involved in teaching youngsters the rudiments of dinghy sailing. Part of that meant practicing capsize drills. Everyone, adults as well as kids had great difficulty throwing the line. Modern neoprene lines are light; it's like trying to throw a feather - impossible. I finally found a solution by taking a rubber ball (tennis ball will also do - and floats better), then drilling a hole through its middle. Next, pass an end of the throwing line through the ball and tie a couple of large knots so that it can't pull back out. The ball gives just enough weight/mass to help toss the line. Almost every kid can toss a ball; even little ones and non-athletic folks can lob it underhand. The ball is light, doesn't take up much room. It avoids using something heavy which could "bonk" a victim on the face or head and possibly cause injury. Just a thought....
  2. Giiwedin

    Giiwedin Gouvernail

    A throw bag is the best safety device for a canoe or kayak capsize. It takes up about as much space as a Nalgene bottle, so you can take it on all your outings. It throws solidly and accurately given its weight and size.

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