Wondering what the boat guys think


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Here's the deal. If you fall into cold water head first the first thing you do is inhale then you sink and drown. Even with someone else on board you might still be doomed.

You are mostly correct in your assessment of what happens when suddenly immersed into cold water. Yes, an uncontrollable reaction of the body is sudden inhale. Now you are in cold water, you can’t breathe because you are choking on cold water, you are disoriented and next panic sets in. This is what kills you; panicking. The key, which is easier said than done, is to not panic and think your way out of the situation. Read attached story, http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com...rman-rescued-in-the-skagit.85289/#post-793403. A truly amazing tale of survival. Don did more to save his own life than anything else that happened by not panicking and thinking his way thru the situation. Shit happens fast on the water. Be prepared and understand what happens if you suddenly get dumped. I took a cold water survival course years ago which opened my eyes to the dangers of boating and fishing cold rivers. Read up on the affects of cold water on the body and how to deal with sudden immersion.
We used to use a little 8' pram on the Perkiomen Creek in SE PA, and canoes on the mainstem Delaware around Milford to Shawnee. I would think a 12' skiff would be fine on the upper Delaware, but you might get banged around a bit on the rocks. Water temp isn't much of an issue in the summer on the Delaware--used to get into the 80s ... Probably a bit cooler on the upper East Branch, but still in the upper 60s to low 70s
I decided to go with a drift boat. I have made a deal with a guy for a 14' Larvo Drifter. Nice boat in great condition. I'm excited about it. It will be so nice to not have to worry about land owners and being able to fish where I want. Thanks for all the replies.
That would be nice Peyton if I could get away with it. I don't think that would go over well there. There's some cantankerous old geezers on this river. I'm already nervous about rowing anywhere near them. It's why I've held off getting a boat till now. I probably won't take it out till the fall when things quiet down and I get used to it.
Heard a dude go off on a guy recently for making to much noise when he was rowing.