I launched June 2nd. I picked up the permit last Wednesday at about 11:00pm. We had a group of 5 cats, including my wife. It was her first time running her own boat; she had 4 other trips as a passenger/part time rower. Yeah, it's big, but if you're skilled and properly equipped, it's a great time. We just did 3 days since we're all short on vacation time and it was a last minute trip. Sorry to hear about the fatality. I saw a lot of people getting ready to launch with HEAVY boats. Yikes. So, to whoever gave up the June 2 permit THANK YOU, we had a wonderful time on it. Avatard, why get a June 3 permit if you're not willing to go at high water?