Sunday, March 28, 2010

Half Moon Bay Pillar Point Harbor

For a harbor protected by breakwater, Pillar Point in huge! There are two breakwaters, one inside of another. The water is totally flat and protected.  Just outside of the outer breakwater, you will encounter some rolling waves, which add its own fun. On some days, I can image that the waves can be large. The well known big wave Maverick Surf Contest is held near here. If you decide to stay inside of the breakwater, there is still plenty of space to do about an hour's worth of kayaking. It's like a medium size lake, complete with beaches. Just be careful when you land to pull your kayak way up the beach as rising tide can carry your boat away - without you.


Here is a good description of the launch location pinpointing an exact put-in:

http://gotoes.org/California/ViewBoatLaunchRamp.pl?site=14

If you are wondering what the weather or sea is like at Pillar Point, check out the web cam here:

www.samschowderhouse.com


Kevin T

2 comments:

  1. Hi Kevin,

    I love your blog, it just answered so many of my questions in one spot and with expertise - thank you!

    I just bought a Pathfinder 2 and am super excited - going to explore the Canadian Rockies! I wonder if you could kindly give me some hints as to how to store the kayak between seasons. I have already noticed some nicks and discolouration of the skin in tight folds.

    Thank you so much!
    Marek in Vancouver BC

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  2. Hi Marek,

    Thanks for posting on my blog. I'm happy that the information here is useful to people.

    Congratulations on your Pathfinder 2! It is an awesome kayak as long as you understand the pluses and minuses: great boat but marginal accessories.

    One of the things I like about the Pathfinder is its sturdiness. I almost never wash them after a paddle - figuring the lake, river, or ocean already did the job. Yes, between paddles I don't even wash the salt off and had no problems. In fact, last year I stored one of the Pathfinders for nine months without first washing the salt off, and I don't notice any difference.

    The thing that I am careful about is to make sure the boats are dry before storing them. If you first towel dry the kayak and let it sit in the sun for 1/2 hour, that should do it. When I couldn't do that, I usually unfold it the day after to dry in the sun for about 1/2 hour. Most of the kayak body dries easily, and in fact can be towel dried exclusively. However, the nylon strap for the foot brackets retain moisture and needs to be dried completely. There were a few times when I left quite a bit of water (accidentally) in the kayak but it was fine, no mold. Living in the dry California air probably helped.

    RE»I have already noticed some nicks and discolouration of the skin in tight folds.

    I think you are referring to the small blue triangular sections at the front and rear of the boat. I generally make the folds large enough as not to bend those parts, so I have not seen any nick and discoloration. The rest of the boat is quite sturdy and I have never seen nicks or discoloration.

    Fell free to ask if you have more questions.

    Kevin

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