This meetup is open to people with kayaks at least 14' long with bulkhead/enclosed hatches front and rear. Additionally, ability to re-enter and pump out a capsized kayak with minimal help is essential.
Meet in Hingham at the boat launch parking lot - aim to be there by 10:00 AM to launch at 10:30 at the latest. Plan to spend about 3-4 hours on the water. That should get us back in our cars to start home before rush hour. There are 2 parking lots, one for the beach, one for the boat launch. The parking lot for the beach has rest rooms, but please park in the boat launch parking lot so we will all be together.
The trip will take us through Hingham Harbor, past small islands, and around Worlds End, into the Weir River, or out to Bumpkin or Grape Island, depending on the wishes of the group. This inner harbor is somewhat protected and is usually fairly calm, but you should be prepared for some possible chop, swells, wind and boat wake as we go further out and cross boat traffic. Ability to keep a moderate pace with a group is necessary. Expect to paddle around 6-10 miles with a stop or two for swimming and eating.
There are a few choices for getting to Hingham Harbor. It is a little longer in distance, but, I believe the best way to the launch is via route 228 off of route 3.
For some more information on paddling out of Hingham, here's a link to the Wild Turkey's description of the area: http://www.wtpaddlers.org/spots-07.html
***PLEASE NOTE*** The organizers in this group are NOT trained leaders or instructors. The organizers only set the time and place, each person participating in any group trip is responsible for their own safety. Each participant is responsible for evaluating all relevant conditions for the trip and determining if their skills and equipment are appropriate for those conditions.
Required: PFD (worn), whistle, headlamp/flashlight (evening paddles). Optional/recommended: pump/bailer, insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snack, change of clothes in drybag, sunglasses, hat/visor.
In areas where there is a boat launch intended to be used by people with trailers, please, if possible, launch to the side of the ramp and do not block the ramp with your kayak or other belongings.