Out to launch: Where to rent a kayak around here

May 27, 2012 05:27 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is a great deal to see in these parts that can’t be accessed nearly so intimately from land as from a boat. Peak experiences like witnessing a bald eagle plunge into the water and emerge with a fish in its claws, at close range, are all in a day’s paddle if you’ve got a kayak handy.

But what if you don’t own one yet, or have a friend who’s willing to lend theirs on a perfect paddling day? It’s a good idea to try out a few different types and models of kayaks before you make a long-term investment in one. You’ll learn a lot in a short time about what you want and what you don’t. For instance, many novice paddlers imagine that a kayak with a large opening is more user-friendly than one that’s a tight squeeze. Not so: You don’t really sit in a kayak so much as “wear” it, and having your hips and thighs wedged tightly against the gunwales confers a huge steering advantage that greatly outweighs the ease of access of a big open cockpit.

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