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How-To Guides

Navigational Rules of the Road

Nov 13, 2016

On roads, there are defined lanes, traffic lights, and speed limits. The sea, in comparison, might seem like a free-for-all. However, thanks to the Navigational Rules of the Road, it isn’t. This document summarizes the aspects of the Rules most important for kayakers. Some rules that have little relevance to kayakers are not mentioned. If…

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How to Dress for Cold-Water Paddling

Nov 13, 2016

Spring and Fall are great times to paddle, but the cold water temperatures encountered during those seasons make paddling significantly more dangerous. Paddlers who are immersed in cold water lose body heat four to five times faster than when in air of the same temperature. Such rapid heat loss can lead to cold shock, cold…

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How to Transport Your Canoe or Kayak

Nov 11, 2016

Unless you’re lucky enough to live shoreside, you’ll need to transport your kayak to the water. This page describes the various options available to transport your kayak on your car. Charles River Canoe & Kayak stocks all the transport options discussed here; just drop by our Paddling Store or e-mail us us with questions! The…

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Kayaking Gear List

Nov 11, 2016

No matter how benign or turbulent the conditions, paddlers must always be prepared with the right gear. Based on the decades of paddling experience our guides possess, Charles River Canoe & Kayak has assembled the recommended kayaking gear list below. We also have a printer-friendly version. The list is divided into three sections based upon…

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How to Care for Your Boat & Gear

Sep 13, 2016

Now that you’ve invested in a new canoe or kayak, you’ll want to make your boat last as long as possible. As with all precision instruments, your boat requires periodic maintenance to keep it in proper working order. UV Protection Ultraviolet light can cause degradation of most materials on your boat and gear. To minimize…

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How to Choose a Kayak

Aug 26, 2016

Choosing a kayak is like choosing shoes: you need to find the style that fits your needs and the size that fits your body. At Charles River Canoe & Kayak, we paddle all the boats we sell, and we’ve been helping Greater Boston choose canoes and kayaks for decades. We will work with you to find…

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