Kayak for Whale Watching?
Posted by: kascadia on Feb-28-13 9:12 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I plan on going whale watching this summer in Quebec along the big rivers. Companies obviously rent out sea kayaks but I have a pretty good recreational kayak about 10 feet long. If I get the skirt and jacket for it, is it okay to take it whale watching on calm rivers and bays? I'd rather take my own kayak versus having to spend more money renting but of course if its an absolute no then I would rent. Thanks for the help!
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Whales love rec kayaks. Easier to |
Posted by: g2d on Feb-28-13 9:24 PM (EST)
suck out the contents and spit out the shell.
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Feb-28-13 9:33 PM (EST)
Any experience in big water ?|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-01-13 12:06 AM (EST)
I done an 7' funboard on St. Larry|
Posted by: seadart on Mar-01-13 12:20 AM (EST)
and it was like getting flushed down the toilet.
Posted by: kascadia on Mar-01-13 4:12 PM (EST)
Thanks for the links! It's pretty clear I should be going with a guided tour. At least for the first time.
Posted by: NateHanson on Mar-01-13 8:25 AM (EST)
If you're talking about the Tadoussac area, in the Sagaunay National Marine Sanctuary, then I'd strongly suggest a sea kayak, immersion gear, and rescue experience. That region really isn't a river, it's ocean paddling. There are areas of strong tidal overfalls, and when winds pick up, seas can get up along shore. There is also some serious shipping traffic in the Fjord, which can be dangerous to a kayaker.
Spot on advice|
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Mar-01-13 12:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: kascadia on Mar-01-13 4:08 PM (EST)
I had no idea that area could be rough. Thanks for the advice! I'm not advanced so I may end up considering a tour from what you said. But the names and areas is great - I'll start with that.
Second and third what Nate said|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-01-13 11:57 AM (EST)
If your primary goal is watching whales rather than learning kayaking skills appropriate for the water you are likely to be in, get your whale watching time in from a large paid tour boat.
Posted by: NateHanson on Mar-01-13 9:36 PM (EST)
If you primary goal is to see whales, the boat is optional in that part of the country. All you need is a camp chair and a cup of coffee. Sit on the rocks at Paradis Marin any given morning, and you'll see far more whales than any fast whale watch boat out of Boston. Literally dozens of whales, within hundreds of yards, parading by in deep water, while you sit on dry sunny land, with a mug in your hand. It's quite nice!
ignore the whale watching part...|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Mar-01-13 12:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: kascadia on Mar-01-13 4:10 PM (EST)
Any advice on good brands for a jacket and skirt? From what everyone is saying I think I'll stick to a guided tour and their kayaks and maybe with time and experience I'll go find myself a sea kayak too.
I second the others.|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-01-13 12:11 PM (EST)
Rent a boat for your tour. The primary goal is whale watching and not paddling.
Posted by: kascadia on Mar-01-13 4:11 PM (EST)
Sound advice. I'm just going with the tours then and their kayaks. But I wanted to ask where you went whale watching in Alaska. Did you do this with a company and who? I some point I do want to go visit. Thanks!
We went on a kayak cruise|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-01-13 9:54 PM (EST)