Sea Kayak - Harstine Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - Harstine Island Circumnavigation

Clockwise from Boston Harbor, with overnight at Jarrell Cove State Park

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 23.0 nm

Launch Boston Harbor Saturday a.m. exact time to be determined

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty:   SK III+
  • Wind:   up to 12-13 kt
  • Waves:   up to 1.5 ft
  • Currents:   up to 2 kt
  • Distance:  23 nm 
  • Pace:   Moderate

If forecast conditions exceed the above, we will change the trip plan.

Small party size due to limited  space at campsite.

Participants should be  able to negotiate the above conditions.  In flat water should be able to maintain a paddling speed of 3 kt.    Experience kayak camping recommended.

 Prerequisites:    Participant - basic sea kayak course or equivalency or above;  Leader - intermediate level kayaker with leadership experience and/or leader.



Hartstine Island

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally

Camping gear adequate for the conditions including shelter, sleeping bag and pad, food, water; other gear details to be determined.

Tow ropes and VHF radio if you have them.

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