Mark, good to have your input.
Looking back at my Point 1), I asked what Matt's position was on sea kayaking publicity: ignore it? pick-and-choose? I fully understand Matt's distinction between skilled/experienced kayakers and the horde of new paddlers, but his position on the role publicity--good, bad--should have in the thinking of sea kayakers remains unclear to me. I wish he would spell it out.
Re Point 3): I'm not sure what we are to do with Matt's "under-30-brain" thesis. He chose to suggest that somebody (me?) was "trying to shame the more extreme sea kayakers into limiting their freedom", but I'll rise above the urge to suggest that he is in favor of screening under-30s off open water.
Regarding sea kayaks as tippy cockleshells, the average single will kill the disabled (unskilled, exhausted, injured, hypothermic, etc.) paddler caught in rough water, unless rescue is at hand. Under similar conditions, if failing the ability to "jog to weather", I'll gladly lie ahull in that smallish motorcruiser or cruising yacht, hunkered down perhaps in a cabin, and hoping for the best.
Edited by Strange_Magic (10/02/11 01:11 PM)