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Old 09-24-2016, 12:18 AM   #1
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Went to Oregon last month and first day in on 8/29 got stopped by Klamath Deptuy Dog(Woof!) on HWY 97 for failing to stop at a boat inspection. Rinky-dink sign said all "Water craft" must stop for inspection. We were surprised to see someone pulling into the rest stop area as they did not seem to have a boat. We cruised on and 4-5 miles later saw the red lights. "We don't have a boat" said I. "What's that on top?" said da Dog. Kayak- "You mean the one we just bought at Costco?" "Follow me". High School girls with clipboard said no big deal...."Where have you been", blah, blah- "oh, by the way you need to get an invasive species permit at Dick's or somewhere to put that 10'+ Kayak in our water". Oh. Then Deputy Dog**** gives me a citation for $110.

Called the MIC in Portland and he admitted they tried to get specific wording on the signs as to who needed to stop but DOT said it was "too wordy". Evidently not for WA as they clearly state who needs to stop for their inspections. BTW, surfboards also need to stop for this inspection. What a bunch of crap.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:23 AM   #2
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Well, a kayak is a canoe, and a canoe is a watercraft.
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:38 AM   #3
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That is crazy, especially seeing it was new. Glad my canoe will be deflated a be stowed away.
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:05 AM   #4
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That is crazy, especially seeing it was new. Glad my canoe will be deflated a be stowed away.
How are the authorities supposed to know that it is new at 60 MPH?
We have dozens of lakes that are full of milfoil weed because dirty boats are moved from one lake to another. Costs millions to remove the stuff.

http://www.csrd.bc.ca/services/milfoil-control-2
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:28 AM   #5
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Glad my canoe will be deflated a be stowed away.
It it a risk, too (although I don't seriously expect anyone to stop for this), since it carries the same invasive species as a rigid-hulled boat. My guess is that you clean it after each use, Jim, but everyone is supposed to clean their boats and many do not... which is why there are inspections.

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How are the authorities supposed to know that it is new at 60 MPH?
Exactly. If a trucker has just done maintenance on his truck, is he allowed to decide for himself that an inspection is not required? No.

I'm impressed that the officer picked a kayak on the tug hauling a travel trailer out of the traffic.
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Sounds like it would have been an ideal time to educate instead of being a bit of an a** and giving a substantial ticket.
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Sounds like it would have been an ideal time to educate instead of being a bit of an a** and giving a substantial ticket.
They may have already done that for who knows how long.
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I sometimes wonder as I cruise on past, if I'm supposed to stop at the truck stops that say "trailers" on the signage.
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Hi: Rossue... Didn't I read some where that RV's need to stop for inspection by "Caulifornia" Dept. of Agriculture. RV water levels, on leaving the state, must not exceed entry levels. Wonder what the fine would be for not stopping or taking out more than you brought in?
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How are the authorities supposed to know that it is new at 60 MPH?
I was referring to after they caught up to him.
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It it a risk, too (although I don't seriously expect anyone to stop for this), since it carries the same invasive species as a rigid-hulled boat. My guess is that you clean it after each use, Jim, but everyone is supposed to clean their boats and many do not... which is why there are inspections.
I have only used it twice now, and did clean it off. Dried fish guts are not too pleasurable when unfolded again.

I have never seen an inspection for boats before. I have seen the signs when coming into Alberta from BC to check your boat for milfoil. Just saying I would be very peeved if I got a ticket for something like what Ross got. A warning and explanation of what to do maybe.

On the note of what to do. What is one to do?

I have to plead ignorance on this. What are the inspectors looking for, this milfoil stuff? Is there some requirement to wash your boat? Most times canoeing, other than a bit of dirt (or fish guts) in the bottom of the canoe, it comes out of the water cleaner than it went in, though most waters I have canoed in are very clean and clear, water I usually just drink straight from.
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