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Old 09-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #15
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We've got pretty extensive experience with a Hobie i-14T, inflatabe tandem kayak. All our use of it is here in the islands, in the ocean but we've got hundreds of miles on it. Frankly, if it didn't have the Hobie Mirage Drives it would be a total bummer. Even though these are high end inflatables. They just don't paddle nearly as well as a rigid kayak. We love ours, with the Mirage Drives, and are considering packing it up and taking it up to our Airstream in the USA and leaving it there. ( We got a Hobie Tandem Island for here). But I'd be curious as to how the other inflatables paddle, without the Mirage Drives.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:23 PM   #16
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Friends of ours have the single inflatables and like them, we have a double Native Watercraft very stable and we like it. The chairs are really comfy, there is a Native blog site you can get further info from.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:54 PM   #17
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Have you ever though about a folding kayak? Flobot is the one that comes to mind. Its a skin on frame thing. Like the eskimos use.

On a different subject sort of.

Isn't there a cleaning requirment for boat out West? To prevent spreading things from pond to pond.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:00 AM   #18
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Isn't there a cleaning requirment for boat out West? To prevent spreading things from pond to pond.
Not just out west. The Gulf Coast states also have a problem with invasive plant species, and have a requirement for cleaning your boat before leaving the site where you took it out of the water. Up north, it's invasive animal species, namely zebra mussels, so especially in states bordering the Great Lakes, they've got cleaning requirements as well.

Basically, check the boating laws/regulations for each state you visit (usually posted online), and see what their requirements are for cleaning your boat after you remove it from the water.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #19
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We've been through the boat checks in Idaho, Montana, and Yellowstone NP in Wyoming. They aren't really troublesome. You just pull off the highway at their check station, some nice employees go over your boat looking for critters, and you get a piece of paper saying you've past the inspection. Idaho requires a small fee for a sticker to allow you to put a boat in the water, which these people sell. Mostly out here they are looking for zebra mussels.

It seems kind of silly to go through these checks for a canoe, but we understand why they are doing them, and they don't take much time.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:24 AM   #20
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Man there's nothing like a cedar canoe. The boys I and I enjoyed paddling the deshutes river and at clear lake oregon with our bubble in tow. It's possible with the right setup. Cheers Ted
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:34 AM   #21
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We have enjoyed our Hobie sit on top tandem kayak for 3 years now. I looked at several inflatibles but in the end we decided the convenience of hauling an inflatible wasn't worth the sacrifice in performance. Our Hobie tandem just glides through the water beautifully and is very stable. We have taken it to Lake Superior and many rivers and inland lakes and recently the Snake river in the Tetons. At 65# and only 11' long, it's easy to haul and put on top a vehicle.

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