Want to spend a day on the water but don’t have a boat?
The Jersey Shore has dozens of places that rent boats of all sizes to those who prefer to avoid communal cruises and go with their own group.
Pontoons, skiffs, fishing charters, party boats and more can be rented for a day or just a few hours. There are too many boat rental companies to list them all, but here are a few to point you in the right direction.
Miss Chris Peach, Wildwood
Join a fishing trip or charter your own private boat to sell the Delaware Bay. The spacious boat can accommodate parties, and you can add a buffet and a bar. capemayfisherman.com.
Bunkers Marina, Wildwood
Offers four-hour boat rentals. Pontoons for 10, 12 and 15 passengers are available, all equipped with a Bimini top for shade. Rentals include a 20 pound ice bag for drinks. bunkersmarina.com.
At Dad’s, Wildwood
Pontoons that can hold 10 boats, skiffs that can hold four, and center console boats that can hold four. An extra-large pontoon can accommodate 14 people. dadsplacemarina.com.
Marine Minmar, Sea Isle City
The pontoons range from 14 to 20 feet. Also available are 20ft center boats and dual console boats, as well as 17ft Carolina skiffs. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rentals available. minmar.com.
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Whale Creek Marina, Strathmere
Available for rent are 16ft boats, 22ft and 24ft pontoons, stand up paddle boards and single and double kayaks. www.whalecreekmarina.com.
Ocean City Fishing Rentals, Ocean City
Pontoons available for fishing or cruising. All pontoons are 24 feet long and can accommodate up to 12 people. All have a center console player, sofa seats and a canopy roof.
Pirates Cove Marina, Ocean City
Rents boats for time slots of four hours in the morning or afternoon. Suntracker boats are available: The 2016 boat is 24 feet with three rows of seats and the 2021 boat is 22 feet with four rows of seats. Kencraft Bayriders (24ft) are available for cruising, fishing and crabbing. piratescm.com.
Shore Thing Charters, Ocean City
A 27ft catamaran is available for charter for party, fishing, tubing, water skiing and cruising. The boat includes a 16-speaker audio system and LED lighting. shorethingoceancity.com.
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Metamorphosis Boat Charters, Atlantic City
Offers 40-foot luxury boats with padded seats, climate-controlled cabins, and suspended hardtops with drop-down curtains. Maximum of six passengers. metjourneys.com.
Holgate H20 Sports, beach paradise
Pontoon rental that can accommodate up to 10 people. Also offers Carolina 16-foot skiffs that can accommodate up to four people. holgateh2osports.com.
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Queen City Marina, Beach Paradise
Family fishing cruises available for 2 to 19 people. Also offers a 35 foot pedal pontoon boat for 24 passengers with 12 bike stations. Can be rented for a 90-minute BYOB bike-boat cruise. queencitymarina.com.
Beach Haven Water Sports, Beach Haven
Offers pontoons, kayaks, jet skis and stand-up paddleboard rentals. beachhavenwatersports.com.
Harvey Cedars Marina, Harvey Cedars
Offers the rental of sailboats, kayaks and stand up paddle. harveycedarsmarina.com.
Bobbie’s Boats, Bait and Tackle, Barnegat Light
Center consoles (16.5ft), tillers (16.5ft), pontoons (holds up to 10 people) and 20ft center console fishing boats available for charter. All boats have a Bimini top and include free frozen bait. bobbiesboats.com.
RJs Watercraft Rental, Seaside Heights
Pontoons are available for rent. rjswatercraftrentals.com.
Bill’s Boats, Seaside Heights
Boat rentals that can accommodate four to eight people. Also rents fishing rods and crabbing gear. facebook.com/Bills-Boats-666588596762479.
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Benchmark Boat Rentals, Township of The Brick
Skiff rental for up to 12 people for the full day or for half a day along the Metedeconk River. benchmarkboatrentals.com.
Queen Mary, Point Pleasant Beach
Private fishing charter that includes rods, bait and tackle. The boat measures 85 feet and can accommodate up to 115 passengers. njqueenmary.com.
Captain Cal II, Belmar
Private afternoon sunset cruises and fishing charters. captaincal2.com.
Two River Charters, Highlands
All inclusive fishing charter. Includes fuel, tackle, lures, bait, fishing permits and a cooler with ice. captainfletcher.com.
Other rental options:
Cruisin’ Tikis, Long Beach Island: Offers a two-hour tiki brunch cruise (bring your own champagne and orange juice for the mimosas). Or join the 1.5-hour sunset cruise. cruisintikislongbeachisland.com.
Harbor Outfitters, various locations: Offers kayaks and paddle boards. harbouroutfitters.com.
Fantasea Fishing Reel, Barnegat Light: Offshore fishing trip charters. hreelfantaseafishing.com.
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Miss Avalon, Avalon: The Miss Avalon can be chartered for a sunset cruise along the back bay. Cruises last two hours and can accommodate up to 95 passengers. Participants can bring their own food and drinks. missavalon.com.
Starfish Boats, Sea Isle City: Party boats that can include a DJ and cash bar. starfishboats.com.
Totally Tubular, Ocean City: Offers boat rentals for tubing, wakeboarding and water skiing for up to six people. All charters include free lessons and instruction. totallytubularwatersports.com.
Yaks Yakkity, Seaside Heights: Offers kayak rentals. yakskayakrental.com.
The pig and the parrot, Brielle: A tiki-themed party pontoon that is moored near The Pig Restaurant & Parrot Sand Bar. Offers private cruises on the Manasquan River. thepigandparrot.com/brielle.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please register today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
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