An educated consumer is our favorite type of customer. It is important to ask questions and learn about whatever sport or outdoor endeavor it is that interests you.
After almost a decade talking with outdoor novices and enthusiasts, we have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about Long Island, kayaks and canoes.
If you have a question that we have not addressed here, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail - we are always happy to educate.
Where can I use a kayak on Long Island?
Long Island is home to a wide variety of waterways. The Long Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, harbors, rivers and bays are what make Long Island the paddling location that it is. Just remember your skill level, to check the weather and conditions and to stay close to shore.
What's the difference between a kayak & canoe?
This is a question that while it is straightforward in some ways, we have to remember that because there are so many type of canoes and kayaks, we are generalizing with our response. To begin, a kayak has a lower center of gravity and is inherently more stable. Kayaks tend to be more efficient, you use a double bladed paddle, handles rougher water and open water conditions better, has a skirt option for keeping water out of the cockpit, touring and whitewater kayaks can be recovered or rolled upright, not effected by the wind to the degree a canoe is, there is closed storage and flotation compartments and some kayaks have rudder systems or skegs. Kayaks may be better suited for the variety of water conditions on Long Island. A large canoe can hold more people and gear than even a standard double kayak, you sit upright on a bench seat or in a pseudo-kneeling position and with a canoe you generally use a single bladed paddle that you alternate from side to side.
Can I take a kayak or canoe off the property for a rental?
Yes, as long as you have a solid roof rack system on top of your car or some other safe way of transporting the canoe or kayak.
Will I get stuck in the kayak if it rolls over?
No. Kayaks have an open cockpit and the only way to "enclose" yourself in it is with a spray skirt, which we do not provide with our rentals. A sprayskirt is something you step into and then put around the cockpit. This skirt does not allow excess water to drip on your lap, allows you to roll your kayak, if you want to, and is easily popped off should you roll over and want to get out. Please note that most of our rental kayaks are very user friendly and stable.
Do I need to register my kayak or canoe?
No. Canoes and kayaks are not subject to the same Coast Guard regulations as other watercraft. You do not need a license or any type of registration to utilize a kayak or canoe.
Do I need to take a lesson before I can rent a kayak or canoe?
No. While a lesson is always a good idea and is an informative and fun way to learn about the water, safety and various paddling strokes, but it is not a requirement before renting. Our rentals include a kayak or canoe, lifejacket, paddle and some brief instruction. Remember that if you can't roll or perform a self rescue you should undoubtedly stay close to shore so you can swim in should you need to.
If I purchase a kayak, can I take it home the same day?
Absolutely. We have 100's of kayaks in stock and many colors to choose from. If is up to you if you want to walk it right out the door.
Do I have to wear a lifejacket?
Yes, it is required by law to have one with you.
Who has the right of way, a kayak or a larger boat?
Get out of the way! They are much bigger than you are and you have to be looking for them. Stay out of the boat channels and keep yourself close to shore. If you are doing open water crossings, make sure you have a device to signal boats and draw attention to yourself if you need to.
What is a spray skirt?
A spray skirt keeps water from entering the cockpit or the kayak. It is important in rougher water or if you simply don't want any water or drip on your lap. For the experienced paddler it is a must to perform rolls and leans in rough conditions. There are a wide variety of skirts on the market and they are specific for various kayaks, based upon the cockpit shape. Generally, the paddler first steps into the skirt a pulls it up just as you would step into your pants in the morning. You pull the tunnel of the skirt up to your lowest ribs making sure if fits securely and snuggly around you. Then you sit in your kayak and work the skirt around the cockpit always being certain to leave the grab loop accessible.