January 1993
Alaska River Guide (9780882404974);1993, p20
The article presents guidelines for selecting a boat to be used in river in Alaska. Hard-shell canoes and kayaks are wonderful for road-accessible rivers. These rigid boats have an obvious disadvantage as wilderness craft in Alaska but they do not easily fit into small planes. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibits pilots from carrying boats strapped to floatplane pontoons if the plane is carrying passengers. For two adults or for family canoeing, look for a canoe that is large enough to carry two adults plus one or two small children. Canoes made of ABS, RAM X, or other plastics are the most durable. Hard-shell kayaks, on the other hand, can be taken in rougher water, sit low in the water and are relatively unaffected by wind; paddling is more efficient and responsive than in hard-shell canoes.


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