Sorry, have to get serious for a day.
I've just read too many terrible stories this May.
First there was the awful thing in New Mexico where two of my favorite bloggers lost a dear friend, crewmate & sometimes skipper. Particularly awful there in that the gentleman was a habitual life-jacket wearer but for reasons no one will ever know, he'd left it in his bag that day.
Unfortunately, that was just one in a string of sad stories from New Mexico.
And then there was a grim day in San Francisco, and then in my own backyard, police think they have just found a kayaker who went missing earlier this month. I had heard about this before, I think he actually went paddling on the day that TQ and I had cancelled our planned "dam paddle" & gone hiking instead because it was too windy to paddle; by the time we were talking about it at Sebago, the kayak had been found without a kayaker. Thank you Soundbounder for the link).
Don't really have anything wise to say on this, just horrified at how many of these sad stories I've read in this one month, & particularly that one happened to an experienced boater who was a good friend of people I've "met" through boatblogging.
Seems like a good time to pass along a link from Tillerman. Check out boatinsurance.org's post on 48 Blogs that Offer Tips on Boating Safety.
The first section of the sidebar to the right also has a number of my own favorite boating safety info pages.
And as Matthew at Soundbounder said when he passed on the local news - let's all be careful out there.