It would be interesting if we had a thread about boat safety precautions. I bring a set of warm clothes in a dry bag, but other than that I realize that I am not all that prepared. My reference to stupidity was when I crossed a large stretch of open water during a storm. I didn't have a cell phone in those days, and I didn't want my wife to worry. Also, I didn't tell her where I was going. It was really scary. My new boat that I made has lots of flotation AND a water pump. I could just as easily headed for a protected spot on the shoreline and wait out the storm. Now I make sure I let the wife know where I am going, I bring my cell phone and I don't cross open water when it is not prudent. During one wind storm I had only to wait two hours and I crossed on calm conditions and my wife had dinner on hold for me.