My 14 year old daughter is scheduled to do a canoe trip along the Maine Coast next week. I’m concerned about her safety and would love the opinion of those who know.
The water is 45 degrees and the kids are not provided with wetsuits or drysuits, but if send her I’d rent her a drysuit.
The company running the trip says the canoes are almost impossible to capsize. I’m just not convinced they are right about this. The canoes are made of wood, weigh 200 pounds. There will be six kids and a guide in each canoe. They’re going to be paddling from island to island around Deer Isle Maine, in semi-sheltered water, but they can definitely get bad weather and large waves. You can see a picture and read more about the trip here They don’t have float bags, pumps or anything else.
I understand a lot depends on the skill of the guides and knowing the weather, but does anyone know just how hard these types of canoes are to capsize?. Are they as stable as the company claims?