The Pulse: Get out on the water without owning a boat

Pulse Reporter Sarah Foster enjoys an outing on Lawson Creek aboard her kayak.

From Sarah Foster of New Bern Now

I went out of town last weekend and my arm wasn’t long enough to reach all the way back to New Bern and take its pulse.

I’m back now, and so’s the good weather. That means it’s time to take to the water! I’ve poked around a little for you, and if you’re looking to whether rent a kayak, buy a boat, or take a cruise, read on:


Rent a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard at Stand up Outfitters (1305 Country Club Road, 252-638-3000). Prices starting at $35 for two hours at the store’s Lawson Creek location. Learn how to paddleboard for $60. Stand Up Outfitters also delivers, at no additional charge, to you in New Bern, Oriental, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle.

The store sells Duotone Echo Wing and other foil wing technology, Stand Up Paddleboards, and kayaks.

Take a 90 minute Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson with a certified instructor for $60 per person including equipment, or $40 per person if you bring your own equipment.


Out in Fairfield Harbor, you can rent kayaks at Stillwater Kayak (103 Marina Drive, 252-772-3563). Rent a single kayak for two hours for $20, or a Tandem kayak for $30. The half-day prices are $35 for a single kayak and $50 for a tandem.  These rates are subject to change without notice, so check it out for yourself.


Surf, Wind, and Fire (252-288-5823, 230 Middle St.). Does not rent kayaks, and only occasionally has kayaks for sale in stock. However, if you’re a kayaker, you can get all sorts of outfitting and supplies there.


In the market for something that floats? Check out these merchants:

  • West Marine (252-636-0650 3h559 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). The store sells canoes and kayaks paddleboards, inflatable boats electric, gas, and propane outboards.
  • Boats Unlimited 252.634.9600 4316 HWY 70 E
  • American Marine 252-633-1107 4395 Hwy 17 South
  • Neptune Yacht Sales and Service 252-633-0317
  • Pamlico Marine & Trailer 252-637 1717 2601 Hwy 70 East


Or just let someone else handle everything.

Crystal Coast Boat Charters and Rentals 330-285-0565. They can deliver single or tandem kayaks to your location. Kayak for 8 hours for $50 per boat.

  • Full day pontoon rental: Customized eight-hour pontoon boat rental includes gas and beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys, cooler, fishing poles, a tube, and more, $485.
  • Half day pontoon boat rental: Customized four-hour pontoon boat rental includes gas and beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys, cooler, fishing poles, a tube, and more, $385.
  • Sunset Cruise: Customized two-hour pontoon boat rental for an evening cruise with dinner aboard the boat. $225
  • Kayak rentals: Kayaks can be delivered to your location. Both tandem and single kayaks are available. Rental time is 8 hours, $50.