Our single kayak is 10' in length, made in USA by Crescent Kayaks. It has a molded seat back for comfort and ease of use. This is a fast and nimble kayak! The hull is heavily keeled at the bow and stern to provide exceptionally good tracking. It's a very stabile kayak for paddlers up to 190 lbs. Paddlers who exceed that weight will use our tandem boat equipped with a full seat in the center position. There is ample room in the open stern compartment for carrying your lunch or supplies. This is an open cockpit kayak so plan to get a little splashed!
Our tandem boat is the Splash II by Crescent Kayaks. It is an open cockpit design with lots of molded foot braces. This boat is equipped with a full high back seat. The bow is heavily keeled for excellent tracking. The hull is designed for maximum stability and speed. This boat can also be used for three riders, with a center seat added for a small child (5 years old minimum). It cannot be used to carry three adults. A small dog up to 25 lbs. can be carried in the middle seat with two paddlers. PLEASE NOTE: The capacity of our tandem kayak is a maximum of 400 lb. for adequate stability and safety. Also, the back seat capacity is a maximum of 250 lb. If a rider's weight exceeds 250 lb., that person will need to paddle solo in the center seat for safety.
Easy Dock Launching with the YakPort
To make launching kayaks off our dock safer and more comfortable, we use a device that connects to our dock, called the YakPort. It allows a paddler to step into the kayak with ease with less chance of falling in the water while launching.
Looking for a launch assist for your own dock? The YakPort can be used with your existing floating dock, or it can be attached to an added sub-dock. Either way, it makes getting in and out of a kayak much easier. Check out the video below, and then come try it out here with us! We are a YakPort dealer and can help you find the set up that will work best for you.
Are you "sea otter savvy?"
This refers to the effort we make to prevent disturbing the natural behavior of our resident fuzzy friends. There can be hundreds of renters on the water on a busy day. If every renter paddled up close to a sea otter, that animal would have very little time and energy to nurse a pup or sleep. So please, obey the law and maintain a minimum of 100 ft. distance away from them when they are resting. Otters and other marine mammals are protected by law, and that includes protection from disturbance and harassment. Please help us keep our otter population healthy. Thank you!
Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the best time to try kayaking?
Kayaking is much easier to do than paddleboarding when it is windy. For that reason, we allow kayaks to launch in winds greater than we do for paddleboarding. This is because the kayaks are heavier, sit lower in the water, and the paddler is seated rather than standing. We will launch kayaks in wind up to 15 miles per hour, but it is much more enjoyable to come out when the wind is 10 miles per hour or less. Morning hours and early evening hours are magical, even if the air temperature is a little lower!
What should I wear?
Try layering in clothing made of polyester, nylon, spandex or other synthetics. Cotton will soak up water and won't dry quickly. Think of wearing what you would wear if you were going to the gym for yoga, or going for a jog. A light windbreaker is a good idea too. Ideally, a short wetsuit during Spring and Summer months and a full suit during Winter can be used. Both wetsuits and drysuits can be rented from the shop if you forget to wear the proper clothing!
Can I bring my dog?
We use sit-on-top style kayaks rather than sit-inside kayaks because we want paddlers to be able to self rescue in the event of capsize. This means that there is no comfortable place for a dog to sit. We consider dogs on a case by case basis. If your dog is 25 lbs. or less, has a float vest and lead, and is familiar with the water and can sit still, we may allow you to carry a dog.
Should I take my phone?
Sure... if you have a dry case and a way to keep it afloat if you drop it! We rent and sell dry bags from our shop if you don't have one. It's great to be able to take photos of your outing! But it's a real bummer to lose your phone. If you are paddling alone and want to bring a phone in case of emergency, consider renting one of our marine radios instead of bringing your phone. Also, we rent GoPro cameras so you can capture your memories of kayaking in beautiful Morro Bay!
What is the minimum age for solo paddling a kayak?
In our experience of renting equipment to a wide range of people over the course of five years, children who are younger than 10 frequently lack sufficient physical strength and coordination to paddle. This makes it difficult for kids to handle wind and tidal currents, and difficult to keep up with adults which leads to frustration. If conditions are ideal, with zero wind or strong tidal current, we sometimes make exceptions to this minimum age rule.
Can I rent a kayak if I have never done it before?
Sure thing! It's easy with the amount of instruction that we provide before launching you! You'll learn all the necessary basic things about launching, maintaining stability, and how to paddle, turn, and stop the kayak. We will make sure you are in a kayak that best suits your weight and skill level.
What types of kayaking equipment do you rent?
We have chosen to use equipment made in USA for our kayak rentals. Crescent Kayaks is a relatively young company but meet our requirements as a business dedicated to quality and performance. Our kayaks are built for comfort and stability and at the same time offer very straight tracking. We keep our equipment looking new at all times. Our paddles are performance paddles made by Bending Branches as well as Werner. Well designed paddles that are lightweight make for a more pleasurable paddling experience.