Hello @Mostheimer Thanks for your message and congrats on completing your kayak build. Those wooden boats look so beautiful! I think it’s a great idea to start with some training trips in your normal paddling zone. Practice packing your boat with your overnight and safety gear, and then do some of your familiar paddling routes to get used to how your kayak handles when it is fully weighted. Once you feel confident with paddling, turning, bracing, self (and assisted) rescues with weight in your boat, then you can consider overnight adventures. Since you are in the North Bay, you might want to look into Tomales Bay, where there are several beaches that allow only boat-in overnight camping (permits required) Be mindful of wind, tides, and cold water in this area, and consider paddling with others for safety (with proper social distance in mind). If you prefer to practice on fresh water, there are several camping options at Lake Sonoma (reservations required) that could be a good place to “get your feet wet” so to speak. 😁  Be sure to check local listings for most up to date info on open space closures.

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