Boating in Boston drops anchor at seven area locations?including local lakes, ponds, and Boston Harbor?helping visitors to undertake watery adventures with a fleet of more than 200 canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and paddleboards. Whether navigating the gentle eddies of Stoneham's Spot Pond or searching for the feral water-polo team rumored to inhabit Wakefield's Lake Quannapowitt, visitors can hit the water untrained or gain new proficiency with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest buccaneers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.
As a kid, Nick earned his pocket money by working in the local marina, detailing and bottom painting boats. While time led to other careers, he ventured back to boats when a coworker asked for assistance, helping Nick rediscover a passion for the work. He soon opened his own boat-detailing business, Bottoms Up Detail, only he didn't stop there. One customer asked about a car. More wondered if Nick did motorcycles, trucks, homes, or trailers. Today, with four mobile truck cleaning teams and a state-of-the-art 2,000-square-foot cleaning facility, Nick and his staff tackle any job that comes their way.
Jim Ballantyne's passion for windsurfing started in an unexpected place—on Austria's snow-dusted mountain peaks. After growing up in Westfield, Jim left for Europe to pursue a skiing career and subsequently spent his summer days windsurfing on Lake Garda in Italy. Realizing he had more passion for being on the water than on the mountains, he became a windsurfing instructor, surgically implanted a fin on his dorsal side, and moved back to the United States.
Today, Jim and his wife, Pam, continue to organize windsurfing lessons, as well as standup-paddleboard lessons. For experienced riders, they rent gear and a maintain a stock of new and used equipment, which expands to further action sports such as biking and snowboarding.
Steps from Phinney Harbor, visitors to The Paddler's Shop at Rivendell Marine can walk out with their lightweight boards and head straight for the shore. The folks at The Paddler's Shop outfit explorers and shoppers with rentals and purchasable equipment for aquatic recreation, including sturdy, lightweight fiberglass and kevlar kayaks and paddles. They also supply stand-up paddleboards, which are an ideal way for beginners to navigate nearby waterways, since they're lightweight and easy to balance atop.
Dedicated to the world’s deep-sea domiciles, OceanQuest edifies aspiring aquanauts with its hands-on educational programs on land and at sea onboard a Coast Guard–certified vessel. The 90-minute Summer Hands-On Discovery Cruise provides a practical overview of oceanography’s major disciplines across three comprehensive stations, allowing students the chance to operate specialized equipment, amass oceanic data, and track down their runaway goldfish. Survey maritime biology while pulling lobster traps, or focus a Discovery Scope’s penetrating lens across a freshly dragged plankton net in search of microscopic critters. Tutorials in seawater’s basic chemistry round out the day’s enriching aquatic adventures in the cabin.
After choosing your starting point for traversing the waters—be it Aquinnah, where Lobsterville Beach awaits, or Edgartown, the fictional town where its true Amity citizens insist Jaws never happened—you'll be armed with a paddle and a veteran guide certified by the American Canoe Association. A crash course in introductory kayaking techniques will bring everyone up to speed before launch. Safe in your newly aquatic superiority, you and your paddlemates will proceed to smoothly coast through animalistic encounters and engage in educational feeding frenzies of engrossing anecdotes, local history, and more. All necessary equipment is provided, and guests are advised to pack a sack lunch or giant sloppy sandwich to tide them over.