Rent a Boat or Jet Ski

Mar 23, 2018

Down the shore, getting out on the water is a must. No matter the vessel, it’s the ultimate combination of recreation and relaxation.

Don’t have a boat? Don’t worry. Rent one from the experts.

Prior to operating any power vessel (including personal watercraft) in New Jersey, everyone over the age of 15 must have a valid boating safety certificate. No one under the age of 16 may operate a personal watercraft. A boat license is separate from the boating safety certificate and is issued by the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission. A non-tidal boat license is required to boat on any non-tidal water, such as Manahawkin Lake, unless one of the following exemptions apply: the vessel is powered by a motor less than 1 horsepower or a 12-volt electric motor; the vessel is 12 feet long or longer, with less than 10 horsepower; the boater is competing in an authorized race (with a permit from the State Police); the person is an out-of-state resident with written proof of successful completion of a course substantially similar to a New Jersey- approved Boating Safety Course. A child ages 13 through 15 needs to pass a boating safety course to operate a vessel powered by an electric motor, or a vessel 12 feet or longer and powered by a motor less than 10 horsepower.

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At Harvey Cedars Marina, rentals are available “out our back door onto the bay, no need to put it on your car, and all rentals include seats and/or PFDs (personal flotation devices) for your comfort and enjoyment.”

For something truly unique, consider sailing the Barnegat Bay in a 13-foot Hobie Wave catamaran or laser performance Sunfish. The cat holds up to four people; the Sunfish is a two-man lateen rig sailboat that has been popular for decades. Rentals are one and three-quarter hours or three and three-quarter hours.

Sailing at Harvey Cedars Marina dates back to the early 1970s, and the experts say there’s no better way to enjoy Barnegat Bay and the scenery around Long Beach Island.

For the inexperienced sailor or those who just need to “clear away the cobwebs,” lessons are available, on either the Wave or Sunfish. “Depending on your background, we can get you comfortable sailing our boats in only a couple of hours, to give you the confidence to sail on your own or take a friend out and return to the dock like a pro.”

Call 609-494-0111 for more info or to make a reservation.

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Bobbie’s Boats in Barnegat Light is proud to be the closest source to Barnegat Inlet for boat rentals, gas, bait and tackle and marine supplies. The family-owned and -operated business is also pleased to announce its new wide, fully marked deep port is ready for action now that dredging has been done.

Boat slips for the 2018 season are also available, with floating docks for all slip holders. Phone 609-494-1345.

Bobbie’s is dedicated to meeting all the needs of the ​Long Beach Islander and Barnegat Bay boater. All rentals (four-hour half-day or eight-hour full-day, starting as early as 7 a.m.) include free bait, boat cushions, crab traps, cutting board, fishing net, bucket, paddle and life preserver; boats must be back by 5. The cost of fuel is included in prices, as follows:

To rent a 16.5-foot center console with a 25-horsepower motor, it’s $100 for a half day or $150 for a full day. For a tiller of the same length with a slightly less powerful motor, it’s $70 for a half day, $110 for a full. For a 24-foot pontoon that holds up to 10 passengers, a half-day rental is $250, and a full-day rental is $425.

A single kayak is $30 for two hours, $40 for four hours or $50 for six hours. Tandems are $10 more. Kayaks can also be rented for multiple days – delivered to Barnegat Light, Loveladies and Harvey Cedars. A single kayak is $60 a day for the first two days and $50 for each additional day; a tandem is $70 a day for the first two days and $50 for each additional.

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Polly’s Dock in Beach Haven is a Long Beach Island institution going back the better part of a century.

Rent a small or large garvey; a Carolina skiff (25 horsepower); a Key Largo (center console); a variety of pontoons; a single or double kayak; or a standup paddleboard. Take along supplies for fishing or crabbing. Begin or end the day with a meal from the on-site restaurant.

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For a 50-plus mile-per-hour thrill for one, two, or three people, a few outifts on LBI offer PWCs.

Route 72 Wave Runner, located below the Causeway Bridge in the shadow of the Bonnet Island Estate, offers PWCs that carry up to three people. No boating license is required, but ID and parental consent are required for kids ages 16 to 18. Rent by the half hour or full hour. Operating/riding instructions and life preservers are provided.

“Our bayfront riding area, the largest and safest in the area, has spectator lounging and a picnic spot. After a few hours on your jet ski, stand up paddleboard or kayak rental, you may need a quick, relaxing bite to eat or nap in the sun.” Call 609-361-7147.

Holgate H20 Sports, located in the Holgate Marina, has a PWC riding area with “the cleanest and clearest water in the Long Beach area, and is approved by the State Police for safety.” H20 invites water lovers to skim over the bay at high speeds, feel the mist in your face, see it sparkle in the sun as you fly by beautiful beaches. Instruction and safety gear are provided. Rent by the half or full hour. Phone 609-492-1342.

Beach Haven Water Sports is located in Beach Haven Gardens and offers the ocean as your personal playground. In addition to kayaks and boats, Beach Haven Water Sports has single, double and three-person Jet Skis, with rentals for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Call 609-492-7500. —V.F.

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