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Old 07-10-2015, 04:59 PM   #11
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:28 PM   #12
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Just checked the 3 states that I've paddled my kayak in recently. AK, WA and OR.
None require registration of kayaks or canoes. (Good thing, just paddled up to the Mendelhall glacier and I must have photo bombed about a 1000 tourist photos from a view point about a mile away )

I wouldn't let that issue be a factor in your decision.

Like all things that involve choice there are always trade offs. To me, paddling a 10' kayak or an inflatable one is like paddling a barge. But if you want something that's small, inexpensive and just gets you out on the water they'll do the job. If you think that you'd like to go on day long paddles, not so much.

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Old 07-10-2015, 05:50 PM   #13
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I've pretty much paddled every state on the east coast from Maine to Florida and have never had to do anything special on states I've visited. Some states have registration requirements for their own residents. I would check with campgrounds on lakes or rivers in states you expect to visit. I've got 3 different sized canoes for different uses as well as an inflatable kayak. Visit a good canoe outfitter and begin the learning process. Just like learning about the Escape, it'll be overwhelming at first, but will get easier in time.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:05 PM   #15
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Am I assuming correctly that these are one person kayaks?


Thanks for the info.
We have a 13', and a 17' kayak- both singles. Both CLC design. Made from okoume mahagony- they weigh 38 and 35 pounds respectively. The 13' weighs more because of it's open cockpit design and width. Both track well, though the 17' tracks better, with a multi-chined narrow hull shape. We've used these boats on both frsh and salt water.
You can google CLC (Chesapeake Light Craft), for their catalog. It is boat porn.
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Thanks much for the info and websites.
Much research ahead, but we've got time.
(Mostly I'm trying to keep my mind off of Escapes, while we wait for our
Sept. hatch date).
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:31 AM   #18
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IMO the first variable you might consider in this choice is the type of water you want to navigate. A kayak does better than an open canoe on large open bodies of water with high winds and waves. I like an open canoe in small ponds and slow water streams and lakes as you can change your position to stay comfortable for extended periods whereas you are stuck in one position in a kayak. Do you envision portageing your boat between bodies of water? If so, weight is a consideration. Will you camp? Canoes carry much more gear than kayaks. Lastly, there is the skill set of propelling the boat. As a beginner, it will be easier for you and your partner to control a kayak with double ended paddles than it will be to learn the paddle strokes necessary to paddle a two person canoe. This clarifys exactly nothing for you but these are valid things for you to think about. Demoing different watercraft may help you decide.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:42 PM   #20
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In Michigan there is no need to register a kayak for personal use. Rentals are registered. We have taken our kayaks to Florida and never were questioned about registration.
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