Vote for the Boats

You may recall that we sold our kayaks and purchased two super light Hornbeck boats this summer. We like them a lot but wonder about lugging them 7,000 miles, much of which is desert, for the relatively few chances we might have to paddle. I have worried about possible theft – they are attractive, unique, easy-to-remove, and expensive to replace.

I am a member of a Facebook group called “Hornbeck Boat Lovers” and decided to post my concerns and ask for advice. Most commenters said that they used bike locks and had no problems. The consensus was that it is easy to saw through the wood thwarts but most thieves were probably looking for something more portable. One guy wrote “I’ve got two locks and a sign that says ‘smile you’re on camera’ for subterfuge.”

I looked into insurance under my auto policy and I can get a policy with $500 deductibles for $100 a year. I am not sure whether to pursue that – if I lose one boat I pay $600 to replace a $1300 craft.

Lastly, I looked over our travel plans to determine just how many paddling opportunities we might have. On the way out, we might have chance at one of our two-day stops but the best chance would be at Patagonia Lake – which is perfect for birding and paddling and we are scheduled for two weeks. I don’t think I’ll try the Pacific Ocean but you never know.

Returning, we’ll have more campgrounds with chances to paddle (South Llano, Falcon, Goose Island, Village Creek). I estimate that I’ll probably paddle a dozen times and Mary will try it a few times.

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We have two bike locks and locking racks.

The weak link, so to speak, is the wooden cross-piece. I might add a metal strip for the trip.

The weak link, so to speak, is the wooden cross-piece. I might add a metal strip for the trip.

The boats with their covers ride well on the truck, especially when tied down to the front.

The boats with their covers ride well on the truck, especially when tied down to the front.

If we don’t have the boats, we’ll wish we did – if they are on top the whole way, we’ll probably question our decision about Yuma, AZ. However, my inclination is to bring them along. Stay tuned.

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One Response to Vote for the Boats

  1. Ginny Alfano says:

    Hi Dick – I can’t tell you how many times we have traveled and said “I wish we had our kayaks”. Maybe your auto insurance would cover your boats if they are stolen off of you vehicle. Probably a shot in the dark, but might be worth asking the question.

    I believe I remember that you have a trail camera. If so, I would take that and set it right on the dash of your truck when you’re not around. Plus, the bicycle locks and metal strips on the cross-pieces are great ideas. It would take quite a bit of time for somebody to cut through those. Also, with the covers on, thieves would never know what expensive boats they are. I doubt it would really be worth getting caught when you don’t even know what you’re stealing! My vote is a definitive “YES”! Take them and paddle to your hearts content. I guess I’m being a bit selfish with my “yes” vote because I can’t wait to see your photo’s and hear about your paddling adventures!

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