Ok so I wasnt sure where to put it so here it is. I thought I'd christen by new canoe today at lake nockamixon since its the first day with out rain. Well heres my regional report.... The water is COLD!! thats it. Ohh and that the dock there at the marina isnt canoe friendly. I think I should have launched from shore. I had one end tied off. I step down into the canoe. I go to plant my butt in my seat so I can put on my life preserver.....only to capsize at the dock in about 5 or 6 feet of water. I will now tell you from experience, Fleece jackets (2 xlt) weight about 30 lbs when filled with freezing lake water. The lake has claimed my cell phone & anchor. I'm lucky it didnt claim my life as well. I beached the canoe & fished alittle from shore with no bites for about 15 minutes before I packed up and drove home with the heat on high. There was a nice guy who was enjoying his break in the parking lot who showed up as I was getting out of the water. He helped me get my stuff out of the water. Thank you again who ever you were. Im not touching my canoe again until I save up for the canoe stabilizer ($200 @ cabelas). So heres a life leason for you.. If you use a canoe (or any boat for that matter)....having a life preserver with but not on doesnt help you. if I'd rolled the other way and cracked my head on the dock...I'd be dead. And no I havent told my pregnant wife yet. If I do at all. She worried enough prior to being pregnant & with our daughter due on 5/1, she's even more so.