Since I at least 1/2 agree with his attitude (for the most part). However, dragging boats over sand can be fairly destructive and will take off material. I avoid doing any damage I can, but I don't stress about damage that does occur through use.
I was washing off a (rather nice) boat I rented from MBK and one of the staff said that it must be my boat since I was being so thorough. I replied, "No, this one is yours. If it was mine, I'd be done already."
By the way, if you can find the children's book, "Paddle to the Sea," which is long out of print, you could do worse than read that to any children in your life. We still have a copy here from when James was 3 or 4 and he still remembers it fondly. Excellent and pretty way to introduce a youngster to the concept of paddling.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Touring Kayak Paddles
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