Kayaks & SUP’s

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals offers a range of kayaks and paddle boards for rent.   All rentals come equipped with a dry bag, life preservers and all required USCG safety items.

RENTAL POLICIES

  • You must be 18 years or older (or accompanied by someone who is) to rent a kayak or paddle board.  Minimum age to participate is 4 years old.
  • Rentals must be secured by a major credit card – Visa, MasterCard or Discover.  Full rental fees required at check-in.
  • To ensure the safety of our customers, renters are limited to staying within our field of vision at all times.
  • Life jackets must be worn at all times.
  • Rental rates do not include MA sales tax (currently 6.25%).

PLEASE REFER TO OUR KAYAK AND SUP FAQ’S BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.

Stand Up Paddleboard

11’4″ BIC DURA-TEC
Capacity: 250 lbs.

1 HR –                          $35.00

2 HRS –                        $52.00

4 HRS (1/2 day) –     $85.00

Double Kayak

Stable Ocean kayaks (sit on top).
Capacity: 500 lbs.

1 HR –                          $35.00

2 HRS –                        $52.00

4 HRS (1/2 day) –     $85.00

Single Kayak

Stable Ocean kayaks (sit on top).
Capacity: 300 lbs.

1 HR –                          $30.00

2 HRS –                        $42.00

4 HRS (1/2 day) –     $65.00

FAQ : Kayaks & SUP’s

Who is eligible to rent?

You must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by someone who is, in order to rent a kayak or paddle board.  The minimum eligible age is 4 years old.

How much experience do I need?

Little to none.  Kayaking is a low­ impact exercise that can be performed by just about anyone after some quick instruction.  Paddleboarding can be a little more challenging because it introduces balance into the equation. Everybody has a different sense of balance so while it’s impossible to guarantee that you’ll be a natural, most of our renters have no issues once they get comfortable.  Expect to get wet just in case.  For the best stability, our boards generally top out at a 250 lbs weight limit.

Be aware that we do charge a $50 rescue fee in extreme circumstances.  While we do our best to explain general limitations, occasionally a renter will be unable to return to our beach.  This can be for several reasons but the most common is paddling too far out and tiring.  When in doubt, stay close to us.  If it’s your first time choose a day with little or no wind.  Mornings are generally calmer than afternoons at our location.  Check out our Weather Information page for more info.

Do I need a reservation?

Yes.  In the summer season it is not uncommon for us to have no availability on busy days.  Please, do not count on just showing up and renting equipment on the same day.

How early should I show up for my reservation?

To leave enough time for our check-in procedure, we recommend your party arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled rental time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.  There will be no refunds for those arriving late.  Boats are often reserved multiple times per day and keeping a strict schedule ensures that all of our reservations are honored.  An additional charge will apply for late returns.

Our responsibility is to have your boat at the dock/beach, clean and fueled at the appointed time.
You are reserving the rights to use that boat for a specific block of time (ie. 9am-­1pm).
Your responsibility is to arrive early and return the boat on time.

What if I need to cancel my reservation? What if there is bad weather?

For cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance we will issue a full refund.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be charged 50%.  No-shows and cancellations made less than 3 hrs before the trip will be charged full price.  We regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies as a cause for late cancellation.

Rentals will not be allowed out in hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fog, high winds or thunder and lightning.  However, we will operate as usual in overcast conditions, light fog and in intermittent sprinkles.  No guarantees can be made that every day will be perfectly sunny.  The final decision on weather related cancellations rests with us and reservations should be considered upheld unless you speak with us directly over the phone.  If weather cancels your reservation we will make every effort to reschedule for another day.  Otherwise, a full refund will be issued.  If weather cuts your rental short, we will prorate the unused portion.

All refunds will be at the sole discretion of Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals, Inc.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.

Are there costs other than the rental fees?

The only other cost is sales tax (currently 6.25%).  You will be responsible for returning the equipment in the same condition in which you received it, complete with all additional accessories.  Normal wear and tear items will be covered by us.  Additional damages and lost equipment will be paid for by the renter in full.

What should I wear? What should I bring?

Bring a form of payment, water, a snack, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  If you plan to bring a camera, cell phone or other electronics, we can provide a dry bay to keep things safe.

Paddling is a water sport so you should wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting splashed or dripped on.  We also recommend a waterproof watch.  It is YOUR responsibility to bring the equipment back on time.  We will not be able to signal you or warn you.

Where can I go?

We recommend you stay within our field of vision at all times.  Pleasant Bay proper, directly in front of our dock, gives you a 4 square mile area to enjoy.  In a 1 or 2 hr rental (most of our customers), you aren’t going to get very far away.  Our rental staff will be happy to direct you to some interesting locations nearby.  For longer rentals, there are several islands and creeks in the bay that are popular with paddlers.

What times can I rent a boat?

Rentals generally run 1, 2 or 4 hours. If you are just starting out, we recommend no more than 2 hrs initially. Rentals can start at any time of the day.

Do you deliver boats to other locations?

Currently we do not deliver kayaks or paddleboards.  There are several local companies which specialize in this.

Are pets allowed on your equipment?

We do not allow pets on our rental boats.

Do you offer multi­ day discounts?

We encourage you to check out our Loyalty Program page.  It offers information and options for repeat renters.  If you still have questions please call us to discuss.

Can our group share equipment?

Renters are allowed access to the beach away from the designated guest beach and beach chairs.  For kayak and paddleboard rentals, groups can share equipment within reason (rotating one to three people per rental item).  All equipment has a max capacity that must still be followed.  For those waiting on the beach, please read the next question.

If I am renting a boat, does that allow me access to the resort facilities?

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals is not owned by the Wequassett Resort.  Using our services does not entitle you use of any resort facilities outside of the restrooms and parking lot.  The resort pool, deck area and beach chairs are strictly reserved for resort guests only.

Renters are allowed access to any part of the resort that is normally open to the public.  This includes four restaurants: the Outer Bar & Grille, Thoreau’s, Twenty­Eight Atlantic and the waterfront bar, LiBAYtion.  (Please note: LiBAYtion and the beachfront terrace open to the public after 4:30pm during the summer season).

Should I be concerned about sharks?

Despite the recent media attention garnered by Chatham’s shark population, chances of encountering a shark during your rental are remote.  Consider that our entire rental team, with many years combined experience, has never seen a shark (in the bay or otherwise).  Some fun facts:

  • You are statistically more likely to be injured by a cow or a vending machine than a shark in the United States.
  • Shark attacks in North Carolina in one month last summer outnumber those in Massachusetts over the last 100 years.

We obviously recommend always being aware of your surroundings.  It’s probably best not to swim/surf near a group of seals (potential shark food and wild animals themselves).  And we would probably not swim in the open ocean with a bleeding wound (common sense).  Otherwise, each day hundreds of people swim and surf in the open ocean off of the Cape Cod National Seashore.  Inside the bay, ­ even further from where sharks potentially roam, ­ its frankly an afterthough

Does everyone need to wear a lifejacket? Do you have children’s sizes?

PFD’s must be worn be everybody using our equipment.  The life jacket will keep you afloat if you are tired or cold and is a critical piece of safety gear.  It is very difficult to put on a life jacket when you’re in the water, so better to wear it all the time.

We have life jackets for all shapes and sizes.  Younger children are welcome to bring their own life jacket if they are more comfortable, provided it is Coast Guard approved (no arm floaties).  Otherwise we have several kids sizes. Note that the age minimum is 4.

Can I keep equipment out longer if we are enjoying ourselves?

Possibly.  If there are no other existing reservations for your boat then we’d be happy to extend your rental period (assuming we are not about to close).  We ask that you check in with us at the conclusion of your rental.  If we have a reservation the boat will have to be returned as scheduled.

Can it be too windy to kayak or paddleboard?

Occasionally, yes.  For safety reasons, we become very conservative with our equipment once winds climb over 15 knots.  It can be very difficult to kayak or paddleboard in strong winds, even for experienced paddlers.  Please see our Weather Information page for the general forecast.