Maybe getting a kayak again for flat water, going under 10' to avoid $7 invasive species fee, yeah I know that's cheap but for how long and it's the principle of the thing. My old Kayak was 10.5 and I'm looking at 9.5. For what I'm doing it should be fine. Question for you Oregon kayakers, Will I get hassled for sitting my 6 year old in with me in a boat for one, even if we don't exceed the weight limit, are they measuring Kayaks? BTW been looking at the Perception Sport Swifty Deluxe 9.5 with the useless rubber covered hatch that isn't really dry storage. It has built in fishing rod holders though!