Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast
by Tamsin Venn (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Tamsin Venn/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
This was a great paddle for our maiden voyage in our new tandem kayak (which was designed more for lakes and calm seas than for true ocean kayaking and that we didn't have a spray skirt for). On a calm day with small waves, this is an easy paddle, but we could see how it could turn difficult on a rough day.
We decided not to put in at the designated place, because we stayed at The Captains House (Bed & Breakfast) in Rockport and were able to put in by walking the boat ~100 yards down the road to Gap Head cove (there's no parking there). If you launch from Gap Head cove, be sure to put in about halfway between low and high tide, otherwise, you have to walk through muck & seaweed that is VERY slippery.
It was great that the trip mentioned that there is no drinking water on the island - definitely bring your own. Plan an hour or so to explore the island - you can go up the North lighthouse and the view from South Bluff is really nice. In the summer, chat with the people who are on monthly duty (volunteer by lottery), as you can learn a lot about the island from them. Watch out for the dive-bombing seagulls on the island if you go from July - August, as they have nests and young (very cute) at that time and are very protective!
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