On the Charles, No Car is No Problem

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With thousands of students arriving back in Boston this week, now is the perfect time to look at ways to get out and enjoy the Charles river by public transportation.  Luckily, the Boston area has a pretty mature transit system, so there are a number of MBTA accessible launch sites along the river.

Both Moody Street and Broad Canal offer the additional http://healthsavy.com/product/ventolin/ perk of canoe and kayak rentals from Charles River Canoe and Kayak.  But what should you do if you don’t want to rent?

Get an inflatable kayak!  They’re the perfect paddling solution for the urban dweller.  I used to own two, because I lived in a third floor apartment with no storage space.  Both my boats and all the related gear stowed easily in the bottom of a coat closet.  I could toss them in the trunk of a car or fold them into a large duffel bag to take on the train.

Inflatables can be sized for one or two, and they sell at a range of price points, with the starter being the Sevylor Fiji model that I used to have.  My top tip?  Get a good hand pump for inflation.

A few pictures from my inflatable days: