Have you checked with the others?
– Last Updated: Jun-16-08 6:42 AM EST –
Have the more experienced paddlers agreed to this idea? Seems they should be your first stop - these are the folks that'll have to figure out how to right that boat (not a pretty thought given its likely weight) and rescue you in a capsize, as well as manage their paddling pace for someone who would be challenged to keep up.
Personally, if someone proposed the idea of coming along on a trip like that in open water in a pedal-driven SOT I'd go thumbs down, especially with you apparent concern about stability. Too much of a problem in a rescue, but more than that too easily a paddler that may not stay calm if things start to go wrong.
And by the way, it's not about the SOT per se. We do trips into more open water when we are in Maine in the summer and can put together the correct crew, but that correct crew means a majority of people who at least have a good shot at rolling in a capsize, can perform or assist in rescues and won't be overly flummoxed by waves the height of their head. If someone showed up with those capabilities in a SOT it might be unusual for those waters, but it'd be fine for the trip. Granted this stuff is largely due to water temps - even in July it isn't going to be more than 60, maybe 61 degrees. But even with warmer water, it seems that you need to know if your more experienced friends could do a rescue in that boat, and what they would consider as minimums.