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    Just curious to see what is the biggest water you've ventured into in a canoe?
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    The biggest water I've ventured with my canoe was the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. It's part of Lake Superior, 4 men; including one paraplegic, and a day of great water. The storm blowing in near the end of the day sucked though.

    For Alaska water, I've been out in Cook Inlet, Valdez Bay; both great experiences. For whitewater, I'd have to say the Gulkana was a largest / longest run w/ an aluminum canoe; it was the Paxson Lake to Sourdough stretch.

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    Very cool Bly...

    I am making a big run this summer hopefully, but one part of the trip has me crossing Fredrick Sound - that's the problem arena for me I think.
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    If you pack your gear right and keep the balance lined up correctly, you should be fine. I tend to keep my load center just below the transom level by 5 or 6 inches when going out into the larger waters. River water has the center even lower, depending on the location.

    Good luck on your trip.

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    Lightbulb Fred'ER'ick Sound?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoggyMountain View Post
    Very cool Bly...

    I am making a big run this summer hopefully, but one part of the trip has me crossing Fredrick Sound - that's the problem arena for me I think.
    A few more specifics would be good here to better help you with trip planning and a little more peace of mind. So far tho' & based on the posting here goes:

    Attempting this stretch --- crossing ocean north of and part of Chatham Strait, Southeast Alaska --- in most any canoe is really not a good idea no matter how you load the the boat, your paddling experience, overall physical fitness, or even what you really do from a creative sense.

    You've got at very least 10 miles of open ocean here. Yes, it is inside marine highway, nevertheless a big inside crossing. An expedition Sea Kayak would be far more suitable & my better suggestion... yet still 'only' if you know exactly what you are getting into. 10-12 miles of crossing at 2-6 knots... a lot can happen in short time with weather and sea conditions.

    Maybe a Hawaiian Islands/Polynesian outrigger canoe, but not a conventional touring or whitewater design. Certainly not a boat without being equipped w/ air-bag flotation, self righting/rescue gear, plus all the rescue equipment/communication/float plan, etc. you'll need to be considering.

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