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Old 07-11-2015, 07:36 PM   #21
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..... This clarifies ....... for you but these are valid things for you to think about. Demoing different watercraft may help you decide.
Thanks, Nick.
This does clarify what to evaluate. I did a lot of canoeing 40 years ago, but no kayaking. We'll have to do some rental tryouts, to see whether my wife is up to it, whether my back is up to it, and whether 2 in a canoe or kayak, or a pair of kayaks is better.
No portages, just Ĺ day explores, or early morning fishing.

Thanks, all.
Looks pretty universal: if it's hand-powered there's no registry.
Calif. must be the worst on sail-powered: over 8 ft., get a C #.

And yes, everything that touches the water has to be cleaned of organisms, wherever we are.
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Apparently the Quagga mussel has wreaked havoc in many of our waterways. https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conserva...Quagga-Mussels
As if we don't have enough problems.
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As a present owner of four single and double kayaks and two paddle boards, it is my opinion that basing your boat purchase on permitting costs is a fool's errand. You want a craft that is both comfortable and one that tracks well. If you do not have these two qualities you will probably not paddle much.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:25 PM   #24
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Thanks, Nick.

Looks pretty universal: if it's hand-powered there's no registry.
Calif. must be the worst on sail-powered: over 8 ft., get a C #.
Must remember not to put my sail on my kayak when in California.

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As a present owner of four single and double kayaks and two paddle boards, it is my opinion that basing your boat purchase on permitting costs is a fool's errand. You want a craft that is both comfortable and one that tracks well. If you do not have these two qualities you will probably not paddle much.
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My whitewater canoe doesn't track worth a damn, but it is an awesome canoe for paddling rapids up to Class 4. I think the best boat for you is very much dependent on the type of paddling you do. Canoes vs kayaks, flat water vs whitewater, day trips vs multi day trips, your choice of boat can and should be tailored to the type of use it is going to get.
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I do a fair amount of hunting/canoe camping with my old town Penobscot. It's designed to handle up to 1200lbs and it handles better when it's full. There's a lake that borders Maine and New Hampshire called umbagog lake that's ten miles long with a few primitive campsites along its shores. The one I frequent is on an island in a cove that's beautiful and very remote.
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A fog bank rolling out in the AM.
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:13 PM   #28
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Let's try that again
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As a present owner of four single and double kayaks and two paddle boards, it is my opinion that basing your boat purchase on permitting costs is a fool's errand. You want a craft that is both comfortable and one that tracks well. If you do not have these two qualities you will probably not paddle much.
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I would agree with that; thanks for the concern.
My concern relative to registry is not the cost, but the hassle. My research inquiry is meant to anticipate stumbling blocks to smooth impediment-free vacations.

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You want a craft that is both comfortable and one that tracks well.
That is a very succinct identification of what features we should be looking at. Thanks.
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