Hi, This is my first post to this forum. I am planning on getting a raft this spring and spend time alone on quiet lakes with my dog. I can't swim and will wear a PFD. It has always been my habit when out on a lake alone to use a light dog leash tied to the boat and slipped around my wrist. My thinking is if I do fall overboard, the raft won't drift away from me. I can use the raft to get to shore as I never go far from it as I will be photographing. I know if I were on a river or moving body of water this would not be a good thing to do as the raft could flip. I have been told by a knowledgable boat person that I am very wrong to ever do this. Can anyone out there tell my why I would NOT want to do this, when the boat would help me get to shore better than just me dog paddling. Also, my dog will be in a PFD also....don't expect him to save me !! I have done alot of slow rowboat fishing in Txs....and never gone in the drink !
Thank you so much for any advice....you all seem to know your way around the water !