Safe and Unsafe Boats

One seldom goes on the long trail, or into camp, without encountering

water, and boats of some kind must be used, generally rowboats or

canoes. The safest boat on placid water is the heavy, flat-bottomed

rowboat with oars secured to the oar-locks. In my younger days we owned

such a boat, and no one felt in the least anxious when I would put off

for hours alone on the lake at our camp in Pike County, Pa.; especially

he creaking turn of the oar-locks could easily be heard at camp

loudly proclaiming that I still lived, while I enjoyed the luxury of

solitary adventure. But a tub of this kind is not adapted to all waters

and all purposes, and the safest boat on any water is the one best

adapted to it and to the purpose for which the boat is used.

Round-bottomed boats tip easily and should, therefore, not be used when

learning to row, though they are safe enough in the hands of those

accustomed to their management. The best of oarsmen, however, cannot

prevent her boat from capsizing if her passenger does not know how to

enter or leave it, or to sit still when aboard.