Originally Posted by yardsale
..... This clarifies ....... for you but these are valid things for you to think about. Demoing different watercraft may help you decide.
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 ˝ day explores, or early morning fishing.
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.