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  Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-04-13 3:55 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-04-13 4:07 PM EST --

There's somebody in Juneau selling a Feathercraft K-1 for $2,000. I had one that exact same year model and it would certainly work for the coast (in fact the one I owned I bought from a guy who used it for a monthlong trip to the Inside Passage and Kenai Peninsula). It has a super sturdy frame and a very good rudder. If it is in good shape (and the aluminum frame is not corroded together) that is a decent price. They are nearly $5,000 new now.

There is also a CD Storm hardshell for $750 that would do the trick. You don't mention your size -- both boats could be a handful if you are under 5' 5".

I used to paddle with a guy who had a boat similar to the Storm -- he had a very docile Keeshond who rode in the stern hatch with him when he paddled, wearing its own PDF (he filled out the hatch with flotation bags to prevent flooding it and made a sort of sea sock for the dog to sit down in.) If your dog is small enough and well-behaved, that could be an option once you have your skills tuned up.

Buy both the K-1 and the Storm and you could eventually paddle the coast with dog and beau.

As you have no doubt picked up from our comments, the idea of paddling a $200 to $500 inflatable out in coastal Alaska is tantamount to thinking you could drive a golf cart on the racetrack during the Indy 500.

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