I enjoyed your article about a local winemaker who also makes beautiful wood canoes [“Winemaker crafts his own canoes, too,” LI Life, Feb. 12]. He is truly a talented and unique individual.
I did cringe, however, when I saw a photo of him in his canoe out for a winter paddle without an apparent life vest and not dressed for cold water immersion.
In the winter, our water temperatures are in the low 40s, and survival time is very short if you fall in not wearing a proper dry suit or wet suit.
In addition, the New York life vest jacket law requires users of boats shorter than 21 feet, canoes, kayaks and rowboats to wear a life vest between Nov. 1 and May 1. I think Newsday could have been more responsible by not publishing a picture of a winter paddler not wearing the required equipment.
Tony Fleck, Farmingdale