Money making opportunity: rent a kayak then try to sell it.

Monday, 21 July 2008
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There seems to be a number of demo and rental kayaks getting stolen this year...and sometimes right out from under the stores noses...
Our first story takes place in Ketchum, Idaho. There, police are searching for a demo whitewater kayak that was reportedly stolen in broad daylight from Ski Tek. Stolen was an orange Jackson Kayak. The staff at the business put the boat outside in the morning and it was taken sometime during the day. No word on if the boats were locked up or not. I'm going to guess no. Here is the original article.

Our second story is a little stranger. Here in Toronto, a friend of mine who works at one of the local outdoor stores told me about somebody who came into the store, rented two P&H glass sea kayaks for the week. When the week was nearly over, he called to extend the rental for one more week. No problem the staff said.

Things got weird when another friend of mine was down at Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre and noticed somebody getting suited up to go out for a paddle at the boat launch. Being friendly and recognizing the rental kayak from the outdoor store, he struck up a conversation with the man to see how he liked the boat. The man said that he had never been in it but was taking it out for a demo as he was interested in purchasing it as a used boat from somebody who was giving him a good deal on it. Of course the boat wasn't for sale as it was a rental boat!

Well, long story short, the police were called in and they found out that the original guy who rented the two boats had already sold the other P&H kayak and was only minutes away from unloading the second one.

It gets even stranger. When the police ran the plates on the car that the renter was driving, it had been linked to several crimes in the past including gun smuggling.

No word yet if charges are going to be pressed or not. There was some talk that they didn't really want to take on members of the local mob and at least they were able to recover one of the two boats.

Also no word on if the guy paid for his second week on the kayak rental(s).

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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