The 2020 Bellingham Traverse is Saturday, September 12th and we have rental boats, wet exit & recovery classes, and private lessons available to those participating in the paddling leg of the race. Below you can find all the details you should know about the race-day boat rental we offer.


Rental Boats Available

  • Sea Kayaks
  • Tandem Sea Kayaks
  • Sit-on-Top Kayaks
  • Tandem Sit-on-Top Kayaks
  • Paddleboards

Rental Details

  • All paddlers who want to rent a sea kayak must have experience with wet exits and self-recoveries to rent from us. 
  • We charge $90 for the full race-day rental. Reservations are required and can be made over the phone or in-person.
  • Call us at 360-714-8891 to reserve a boat.
  • Your $90 rental includes the boat and all necessary safety gear.
    • Kayak rentals include a life jacket, paddle, spray skirt, bilge pump, and paddle float.
  • Sorry, we do not rent canoes (check out Western Canoe & Kayak in Abbotsford, B.C.).
  • Reservations must be paid in full by September 1st (Any boats reserved after then must be paid at reservation.).
  • Paddle jackets, wetsuits, and drybags can be rented at $5/day for each item.
  • We require a security deposit of $500 (written check) at the time of boat pickup. As this is one of the few events when we rent our boats off-site this provides protection for us against loss or damage of a boat. The deposit will be returned to you upon return of the rental in good condition.

Transportation Logistics:

  • If We Are Transporting Your Rental Boat:
    • If you are having your boat delivered to the start of the race, you must stop by on Friday September 14th between 12pm - Sunset to sign our rental agreement and deliver your $500 security deposit check.
    • Boat & gear transport to the start of the race (to Marine Park) is available at no additional charge.
    • Boat & gear transportation from the end of the race (from Cornwall Beach) is available at no additional charge.
    • Staff will be delivering rental boats to Marine Park at ~8:30am on race day.
    •  Our boat trailer and vehicle will leave Cornwall Beach at ~7pm on race day. Gear must be returned before 7pm to Boating Center staff at Cornwall Beach.
  • If You Are Transporting Your Rental Boat:
    • You are responsible for the safety of your rental boat while it is in your care.
    • Please ensure you have a safe and secure method of transport. You are responsible for damage incurred during transportation.
    • Self-transited boats & gear are available for pickup at the Boating Center between 2pm - Sunset on Friday September 14th.
    • Boats must be returned to the Boating Center by 7:30pm on race-day.