SeaDart - My recall, albeit could be wrong, is that the incident where Liv2Paddle lost his boat was in surf off North Carolina or similar. I am pretty sure he was from US. I don’t think he was paddling buddies with the guy he helped, just that they were both there and he saw the other paddler was in trouble. It was fairly messy stuff, whether a leash would have been helpful in stuff bad enough for him to get a shoulder injury can probably be debated.
He passed away and was well regarded by many here. In fact well enough liked that some months after, when a new person to the Board unknowingly chose the same screen name, they got raked over the coals.
Overstreet - At least one of NDK dealer in this country did use this story as proof of the seaworthiness of the boat and the durability of their hatch covers. Apparently everything was covered in barnacles but the boat was just fine underneath them. My husband and I heard this story when we were looking at boats at a place in Maine.
Yup. Remember that “lively” debate too. Props to Liv2Paddle for stepping up to assist. But, the debates about leashes, as with tow ropes in surf, wetsuit/drysuit, GP/Euro… have gone beyond Live2Paddle and, I suspect, will go on beyond any one of us remaining long timers on this site. I find myself increasingly disinterested in those types of discussions because they totally turned me off to this site for awhile. The “evangelicals” will always be present and I am with “ScupperFrank” on this… “Paddle on!”