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Canoe And Kayak Registration By State

Post By:admin on 9/21/2010 12:02pm
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I'm getting ready for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Non-Motorized Boat Technical Advisory Group (FWC NMBTAG) meeting in Orlando tomorrow. One of the topics is FUNDING SOURCES, which to some implies registration.

So I did a little research to see which states have registration of non-motorized boats. I make no guarantees the information below is correct since I didn't verify that each web page found was up-to-date with state regulations. If you see an entry that is wrong, please post a reply.

Alabama Requires registration of sailboats and boats for hire (rental).

Alaska No

Arizona No

Arkansas Sailboats

California Sailboats

Colorado Sailboats

Connecticut No

Delaware No

Florida - No

Georgia No

Hawaii - No

Idaho No

Illinois Yes, except a canoe or kayak which is owned by an organization which is organized and conducted on a not-for-profit basis or boats used exclusively for racing in sanctioned events. $13, 3 years.

Indiana No

Iowa Yes, canoes and kayaks over 13 feet. $10 to 15 feet, $12 to 18 feet. 3 years.

Kansas No

Kentucky No

Louisiana No

Maine No

Maryland No

Massachusetts No

Michigan - Vessels 16 feet long or less that are powered by oars or paddles and are not used for commercial or rental purposes. $5, good for 3 years.

Minnesota - Canoes, kayaks, sailboats, sailboards, rowing shells (not rowboats) and paddleboats up to and including 19 feet (over 19 feet same as pleasure craft), $10.50 registration fee + $5 aquatic species surcharge + $ issuance fee. Good for 3 years.

Mississippi No

Missouri No

Montana Sailboats 12 feet and over

Nebraska - No

Nevada - No

New Hampshire Sailboats 12 feet or longer

New Jersey - No

New Mexico - Sailboats

New York - No

North Carolina Sailboats longer than 14 feet

North Dakota - No

Ohio - Registrations are required for every recreational boat in Ohio, including canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and inflated boats. Valid for 3 years. $20. Canoes and kayaks do not need to be titled.

Oklahoma All boats must be registered except for boats used exclusively for racing. Based on value. Under $150 fee is $1. Over $150, fee is $1 plus $1 for every $100 in value above $150.

Oregon Sailboats over 12 feet.

Pennsylvania - Unpowered boats are not required to be registered unless used at a Fish & Boat Commission access area or lake, or at Pennsylvania state parks and state forests. Canoes and non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks. 1-year Launch Permit $10.00

Rhode Island - No

South Carolina All sailboats

South Dakota Sailboats over 12 feet

Tennessee All sailboats

Texas Sailboats 14 feet and longer

Utah All sailboats

Vermont - No

Virginia Sailboats over 18 feet in length

Washington Sailboats over 16 feet in length

West Virginia - No

Wisconsin - Voluntary registration of non-motorized canoes and kayaks. Canoes under 16 feet $22 + $3.75 transfer fee. Over 16 feet is $37 + *.85 transfer fee. All non-motorized sailboats 12 and greater must also be registered. 3 years.

Wyoming - No

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Post By: admin on 9/21/2010 12:04pm

Should have added that every state has registration of motorized boats.

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Post By: swamprat on 9/21/2010 4:45pm

I think they will cause us to register out boats . Fla. politicians WILL NOT keep their hands out of our pockets. And they will spend the money BEFORE they get it and not necessarily what it is intended for.
I registered my 17 ft. canoe 10 years ago, so I could use an electric trolling motor on it, it costs as much as a 17 foot bass boat with a 200 hp red fred hanging on the back. I only registered it that one time and have no intention of doing so again. As Charlie Chriist said on Fox News when ask why he doubled liscense plates, D.L. etc. that he did not raise taxes as these are USER fees.

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Post By: Unknown on 9/21/2010 7:02pm

I just hope the Board is smart enough to schedule the meeting in the morning so you can get out on the water in the afternoon

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Post By: hikeswithcanoe on 9/21/2010 7:41pm

Just want to throw this idea out if they are ACTUALLY taking ideas.

I have no heartburn as a paddler paying "my fair share". Now what that fair share is a whole nuther debate, particularly when compared to jet skis, power boats, and commercial fisherman.

But throwing a few bucks the gubments way to pay for kayak launches they build, rescue, on the water law enforcement and so on is just the right thing to do IMO.

The big problem I think is registering A BOAT. As a paddler I am now up to about 4 boats and will shortly add yet another. They all have their uses/advantages. But, on the other hand, I can ONLY paddle on at time. So, it sure seems to me, that 4 people with one one boat each aint remotely the same as one guy that happens to have 4 boats.

My two cents would be that you can either have the choice to register A BOAT (with some kind of sticker) OR you register as a PADDLER and keep some permit/piece of paper with you. If the water cops happen to stop you, well, either the boat your on must have a valid sticker, or you must have your permit with you.

Just a thought.

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Post By: swamprat on 9/21/2010 8:38pm

How about no registration at all. The price may start small, but ALWAYS increases. We paddlers do no harm to the enviroment, don't need a concrete or fancy ramp to launch, in fact I sometimes launch where there is no ramp.

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Post By: Unknown on 9/21/2010 10:05pm

Two thoughts.
If registration is to come, the per person, not per boat idea is a good one. With a limit, of maybe 3 per person.

When we launch from the dirt, or sand, or grass, next to ramps because we don't want to scrape our bottoms (kayak/canoe, not butt) we are harming the environment. Maybe not a lot, but the erosion can add up.

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Post By: hikeswithcanoe on 9/22/2010 1:02am

Unless you always and ONLY launch from private property you are often using gubment services when paddling, EVEN if you ain't using the concrete power boat ramp.

And, if you expect law enforcement types to actually enforce the rules of the waterways, you are again IMO "using" gubment services.

IMO the big question is whats our fair share to pay and what mechanism for paying is the fairist and makes the most sense.

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Post By: nate on 9/22/2010 6:40am

Over 65 free for rest of life, just like fishing. Wink

Fair or not, they're going to get our money. They see all the canoes and kayaks and they see $$$$$$$$$$$. Grimey, slimey, b*****ds.

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Post By: Unknown on 9/22/2010 7:43am

Wisconsin does not have registration. http://www.dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cs/registrations/boatingregis.htm
Registering Your Vessel
You must have a Wisconsin Certificate of Number (registration) and
expiration decals to operate a recreational vessel legally. Exceptions to
the requirement to register a recreational vessel include:
Sailboats 12 feet of length or less and not equipped with a motor
Sailboards
Manually propelled vessels that are not equipped with a motor or sail
Vessels registered in another state and using Wisconsin waters for less
than 60- consecutive days

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Post By: admin on 9/22/2010 5:07pm

Back from the FWC NMBTAG meeting today. I knew this issue would cause comment, that's why I intentionally posted it on Green Wave Forum. Not to raise blood pressure but to let you know that I was looking to see what other states were doing in relation to registration.

So, how did it go?

DISCLAIMER: I cannot comment for the TAG group, not a spokesperson and certainly cannot comment for FWC. This is my interpretation of the events:

Based on what was said today, FWC IS NOT lobbying for registration. It is my understanding they are not legally allowed to lobby for issues that do not affect their department. The reason it was on the agenda was to give the group a "heads up".

Members of the FWC NMBTAG team were VERY MUCH AGAINST the idea of registration and it was agreed that it would be handled outside of the NMBTAG group, should the issue see the light of day.

There was one person who commented that registration, if it does happen, will not be because of paddlers voting one way or other, but because of a well financed public campaign by the motorboat association. The "pay your fair share" for services, as was mentioned in a prior post.

My personal feeling is the outfitters are strongly against this, most paddlers are strongly against registration and no one has come forward with a legitimate reason as to what additional services are needed and what they will cost and why paddlers should pay. I just don't think registration is going to happen.

Again - just speaking for myself, no one else.

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Post By: admin on 9/22/2010 5:09pm

Dave - thanks for the full text. I probably shouldn't have added Wisconsin to the list since their registration is voluntary for canoes / kayaks. They should have been listed for sailboats only.

On the NMBTAG group we have paddlers, rowers, racers and sailboaters so we have to look at all non-motor boat activities.

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