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Old 08-11-2019, 03:49 PM   #1
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What's Your Preferred Watercraft For Rivers?


Listen, I don't know nothing about nautical life. People take me out in things and I always enjoy it, but I don't know anything.
Lately I've been reminded just how much I enjoy being out on quiet rivers. I wanna take my kid out on a river in a maneuverable, relatively light, relatively stable vessel. What am I looking for? I feel like a canoe is a bit excessive, but as far as I know kayaks are a one man affair. Is there some sort of like, canoak?

Help a landlubber out. What should I get in order to put in in the local rivers and splash around for a couple hours?
Bonus points if it's easily rightable for when my kid invariably does something absurd and capsizes us.
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2 person kayaks are very real! Never been in one but we have two single kayaks we use once in a while. I think they were on sale for just over 300 canadian each, so not a massive investment to get your feet wet...(or not if you're careful). That's where my watercraft activities end unfortunately.

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I've never been much into watersports, but this looks like a real kick in the pants. Plus, It has automatic oxygen supply if you flip it over.

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Plenty of options here.

I wouldn't put a kid in a 2 man kayak without actual training in the water.

Canoe, rowboat, inflatable.

What are you good at and up for, paddling or rowing?
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I'm actually decent at both, but I'd prefer paddling. For whatever reason that seems like the more flexible thing to deal with with a kid.

I know that kayaks you're like stuffed in this gasket ring or whatever it is with a bib thing? I don't know. I'm a strong swimmer, but I have never capsized and had to right myself, so I have zero confidence that I wouldn't accidentally drown both myself and my son while trying to get us back to air.

Maybe very small canoe is the way to go. Maybe I should be a log and burn my own dugout. That seems like an insane thing to do in the suburbs. Sounds perfect.
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Where are you going for the outing? It's been a while (kids are not kids anymore lol) but Cedar Creek in Forked River was a good ride and they have rentals...
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Hey city boy go back towards home
Go to Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny State park and rent a rowboat or open kayak. Not many kayaks are closed now except for white water, some you even sit on top of
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If there is a place close enough that dors rentals, try out a few different ones to get a feel for what works for you.

I've always been a fan of inflatables for doing not much on a not too windy day.

If you aren't up to making a wood canoe, you can always make a pirogue with fir plywood and cedar, it should mesh well with your Italian heritage.

If you're stoked thinking about a hyper modern canoe, you can make a cedar frame, wind Kevlar fiber onto it into a grid, then heat shrink some 6 mil plastic over it all. Put some helium filled flotation bags in the bow and stern, and you don't have to carry it to portage, it will float along behind you.

Given there is a kid involved, you'd probably want to make it less fragile.....

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Were going to make our own canoe.

Being as I have lived in Florida forever it's actually illegal to not own canoes and kayaks.

What do you want to know about them. Sit on top kayaks are fine for you and the boy. Getting them back over is a breeze but getting your stuff off the bottom of the river isnt... you will flip it.

Canoes are awesome, especially nicely made ones. A wood canoe just screams baller and weve been planning one for a while now. Tipping wont happen if you have any sense of not being completely inept, but they are a bit cumbersome.

Inflatables are cool as hell but a nice one is spendy. I have thought about them but decided against them every time. If we had actual whitewater I would look closer at it as they can handle everything.

If I lived up north, I think I'd take a strong look at an inflatable whitewater because you could bring another father and son duo or your wife and its not going to tip...

Hell, even with kayaks and canoes, we're getting ready to just take some tubes down rainbow river or silver river pretty soon. Just take whatever, your kid will remember it forever.
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If there is a place close enough that dors rentals, try out a few different ones to get a feel for what works for you.

I've always been a fan of inflatables for doing not much on a not too windy day.

If you aren't up to making a wood canoe, you can always make a pirogue with fir plywood and cedar, it should mesh well with your Italian heritage.

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Given there is a kid involved, you'd probably want to make it less fragile.....


Another vote for nice heavy duty inflatable raft if I want to be "close or in the water".

Otherwise, rent a pontoon boat.
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He'll have to learn to paddle it like a coracle, which seems fitting.

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We have a two person paddle boat, you don't tip them over easily and pedaling takes no skill.
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Avoid Coleman canoes at all costs. They can be tippy to the point if being dangerous, and at a minimum, no fun at all .

I always liked the old aluminum ones they always had at camp. Couldn't tip those over if you tried.

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Just make one:

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We do kayak and canoe camping trips down the river. Kayaks with storage spaces are awesome. Canoes are easy and cheep. If I need to navigate up river, I want a river boat.

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