I've been renting rotomolded sit on top kayaks for a little bit, and getting the basics of paddling and the like down. I'm in California, where most beaches have significant waves and out on the islands, many of the beaches are rocky and rather scary. A few times I've come in with somewhat less grace than I'd like to admit, but the little plastic boats were fine. What they lack in grace or efficiency, they make up in tupperware-like resilliance.
With this in mind, I'm a little afraid of doing irreperable damage to a wooden kayak beaching it in the surf on a rocky shore.
Is this a non-issue I'm just being paranoid about, or is there something I should do to mitigate the effects of the shoreline? Obviously, I'm in the boat at the time, so I'm not TRYING to be abusive to the poor things, and I'm hoping my skills will have improved some before my boat is finished, but none the less, accidents do happen, and I'm just trying to cover my bases and see what suggestions others have.
Thank you :)