Pram License

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  1. Theron

    Theron Active Member

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    I just picked up a new Spring Creek Pram. It is 9'6" long and I do not intend to put an electric motor on it. Do I need to license the boat? I sure would like to get it out on Lone or Pass Lake this week.
     
  2. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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  3. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    YYou only need to license it if your going on navigable waters. In other words, places where you would see the coast guard or sheriff.
     
  4. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Ditto what Jeff said. An example is if you use your boat & electric motor in the sound to check crab traps. There's more navigable waters on the west side of the state so you might check with DOL to see what they are. 99% of the lakes you will fish with your boat are exempt.
     
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    nailbender Active Member

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    Theron, you do need a life jacket and a whistle to be legal. If you have one of the inflatable kinds it needs to be worn to count.
     
  6. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    And some kind of light to indicate your presence to other boaters if you're out at night (flashlight will do). Motorized boats on federally-controlled waterways need a decal (Columbia River & backwaters here for example.). If you're rowing/paddling no decal is required. Whether kayaking or in my pram/pontoon, or float tube, the whistle & light are always available in my PDF pockets. Just good common sense to have these in addition to the regulatory requirement. Be safe out there. that being said, I've encountered far more ignorant & dangerous boaters than I have bears or cougars, lol.
     
  7. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Wonder if you can get a D.W.I. wile rowing?
     
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    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    Wait I need a boaters license to row down a river?
     
  9. Wayne Kohan

    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    Someone told me I need one, but it was easy to get, I just sent my checking account number to a place in Nigeria and they sent me the license... They also sold me some land by a lake.

    Wayne
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    You got hosed, Wayne. I was also promised a princess to row for me with my application . . . should be here any day . . .
     
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    Gentlemen, thanks for the information. I may want to use it for checking crab traps. Since I am new to the area I haven't figured out all the stuff I can do yet. We picked up some mussels and clams the other day during the low tide. Just figuring out what license I need to fish is hard enough. I will probably end up getting it licensed.
     
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    Let me know how it goes. I just picked up a 2.3hp motor for my pram, that'll be used mostly in the sound, and it looks like I'll have to go through the same process. I paid cash for it five years ago so there's zero title, bill of sale, sales receipt, etc to present to anyone at the DOL so the process should be interesting.
     
  13. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Theron, you do not need to register it if you only row it and never add an motor, gas or electric.

    http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/registerboat.html

    "Exempt vessels:
    • Canoes, kayaks, or vessels that don’t have a motor or sail (strictly human powered)."
    All the stuff above about Federal waters, etc. only applied only vessels/watercraft equipped with an engine. With no engine, you never have to register it and can take it anywhere. Read the link above and it is all explained.
     
  14. Gary Knowels

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    you can get one riding a bike so I bet its possible
     
  15. jeff bandy

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    Just what I was thinking of.
     
  16. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I hope they never follow me while I'm rowing stillwater, 'cuz I can't row a straight line to save my soul and that's while I'm stone-cold sober, lol. It would be even worse if I were in a float tube . . . gotta be a "going backwards" deficiency.
     
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    Irafly Bobber Downey Sr.

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    What kind of motor is it? I've looked into picking one up for my Spring Creek.
     
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    Honda short shaft. $949.00 delivered via boats. Won't be able to test it out for a few days but it was just about the smallest lightest gas engine that I could find, and Honda quality is tough to beat.
     
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    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Exempt: Vessels less than 16ft with 10hp motor or less used on NON-federal waters. Freestone put the link up, scroll down you'll see it. I have a 12ft aluminum boat with a 9.9hp motor unless I use it on in Federally managed waters it is exempt. I get it registered anyway.

    LB
     
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    Yes, you certainly can. (It's a B[oating]UI instead of a D[riving}UI.) There are some differences. Namely, it doesn't have an impact on your driving (no license suspension, ignition lock, etc.), but the fines and penalties are still severe and it is still a misdemeanor. The person operating the craft must be under the limit. And while passengers are allowed to have open container, I'm not sure where it stands for the craft operator. My understanding is that Oregon doesn't allow open container for operator. This includes rafting down rivers, BTW.