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Old 04-13-2019, 07:19 PM   #21
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Is a Sup subject to watercraft inspections in many states? Now I'm wondering!
I don't know how a paddleboard - stand-up or otherwise - is anything other than a watercraft, just like a canoe, kayak, rowboat, or whatever.

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It's my belief that if it's used in the water and carried in a visible place then you'd have to stop.

Don't know if not having an inflatable that's stowed away and not visible would be a problem or not. I certainly don't worry about it as there seems to be about a zero chance of them launching a pursuit and ticketing you the way they would if you had any type of watercraft visible and didn't stop.
This is entirely about whether a stop would be enforced, not whether the thing is a watercraft and an inspection is legally required.

With any luck anything that you pack up and put away (such as an inflatable craft) would be clean and dry by the time it is packed, so it wouldn't be a risk of carrying invasive species from one area to another. But by that logic it would be okay to not stop with any boat as long as you feel it is clean and dry enough, and that seems unreasonable to me.

If someone were carrying some canoes or kayaks in an enclosed cargo trailer, would that be any reason to exempt them from stopping at mandatory watercraft inspection stations? Of course not, even though they could easily get away with it.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:29 PM   #22
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It's really hard to paddle through milfoil.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:17 PM   #23
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I travel with a large raft sometimes and also inflatable kayaks. I alway pull over...they ask me when it was last in the water...usually at least a month or more....i've never been asked to unroll either for inspection (calif/oregon).
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:34 PM   #24
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I like a canoe. I can sit, kneel, stand or lay down.
That's a great photo your wife snapped of you in the canoe. You handsome ol' dog, you!
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I purchased a Scout 365, a compromise between a kayak and a dingy. 12í weights 85 lb and can use an electric or 3.5 hp gas motor with a fishing rack to hang onto and hold rods. About $1300. Made in California by a New Zelander. Love it.
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Has anyone tried any of Hobie's craft with the Mirage foot-pedalled fin drive? Our interest would in photography, rather than fishing, but the idea of using legs for propulsion (instead of paddling) - leaving arms and hands free - seems attractive. Because the drive is installed through a well in the hull, the Mirage drive must be designed into the watercraft, not stuck on like a trolling motor can be.
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I thought they were a good idea except that everywhere I fish is pretty weedy.
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I thought they were a good idea except that everywhere I fish is pretty weedy.
That would be a concern, although probably not as bad as with a propeller; has anyone tried the Mirage in weeds?
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I had a 16' fishing boat, powered by a 9hp. Briggs and Stratton.
Called it "Weedeater".

No fun unwrapping weeds from the prop.
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I had one of their 9.5' Sport kayaks with the mirage drive. In really heavy weeds one time, among reeds and lily pads, they did foul the drive; I pulled it out, took off the weeds, stuck the drive back into the hole, and pedaled out of the weeds. Thereafter I didn't return to such an obviously weedy area, just because it's a hassle to stop and clear the drive; but it wasn't a difficult or lengthy procedure at all. It's right there in front of you.

I sold it after one summer. The things I didn't like:
Having my knees pedaling higher than my waist to about chest high
Sitting for a long time in a low position (true of any kayak)
Car-topping annoyances (true of any kayak)
As you can see, my dislikes didn't have anything to do with the mirage drive. It was a great system, way easier and better than paddling IMO and super easy to move the rudder for steering. It will work in surprisingly shallow water, too, if one does short partial pumps on the drive that keep the fins close to the hull.
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