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 skip communal cruises and set sail 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 businesses to list them all, but here are a few to steer you in the right direction.
Miss Chris Fishing, Wildwood
Join a fishing trip or charter your own private boat to sale the Delaware Bay. The spacious boat accommodates parties, plus you can add on a buffet spread and a bar. capemayfisherman.com.
Bunkers Marina, Wildwood
Offers four-hour boat rentals. Ten-, 12- and 15-passenger pontoons are available, all of which have a Bimini top for shade. Rentals include a 20-pound bag of ice for drinks. bunkersmarina.com.
Dad’s Place, Wildwood
Pontoons that hold 10, skiff boats that hold four and center console boats that hold four. An extra-large pontoon can accommodate 14. dadsplacemarina.com.
Minmar Marine, Sea Isle City
Pontoons range from 14 to 20 feet. Also available are 20-foot center and dual console boats, and 17-foot Carolina skiffs. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rentals available. minmar.com.
Whale Creek Marina, Strathmere
Available to rent are 16-foot boats, 22-foot and 24-foot pontoons, stand-up paddleboards and single and double kayaks. whalecreekmarina.com.
Ocean City Fishing Rentals, Ocean City
Pontoons available for fishing or cruising. All pontoons are 24 feet and can hold up to 12 people. All have a center console drive, couch seating and canopy top.
Pirates Cove Marina, Ocean City
Rents boats for four-hour time slots in the morning or afternoon. Suntracker boats are available: The 2016 boat is 24 feet with three rows of seating, and the 2021 boat is 22 feet with four rows of seats. Kencraft Bayriders (24 feet) are available for cruising, fishing and crabbing. piratescm.com.
Shore Thing Charters, Ocean City
A 27-foot catamaran is available to charter for a party, fishing, tubing, water skiing and cruising. The boat includes a 16-speaker sound system and LED lighting. shorethingoceancity.com.
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Metamorphosis Boat Charters, Atlantic City
Offers 40-foot luxury boats with cushioned seats, temperature-controlled cabins and overhead hardtops with drop-down curtains. Maximum of six passengers. metjourneys.com.
Holgate H20 Sports, Beach Haven
Pontoon rentals that can accommodate up to 10 people. Also offers 16-foot Carolina skiffs that seat up to four people. holgateh2osports.com.
Queen City Marina, Beach Haven
Family fishing cruises available for two to 19 people. Also offers a 35-foot pedal-powered pontoon boat for 24 passengers with 12 cycle stations. Can be rented for a 90-minute, BYOB cycle-boat cruise. queencitymarina.com.
Beach Haven Watersports, Beach Haven
Offers pontoons, kayaks, Jet Skis and stand-up paddleboard rentals. beachhavenwatersports.com.
Harvey Cedars Marina, Harvey Cedars
Offers sailboat, kayaks and stand-up paddleboard rentals. harveycedarsmarina.com.
Bobbie’s Boats, Bait & Tackle, Barnegat Light
Center consoles (16.5-feet), tillers (16.5-feet), pontoons (holds up to 10 people) and 20-foot center console fishing boats available to rent. All boats have a Bimini top and include free frozen bait. bobbiesboats.com.
RJs Watercraft Rentals, Seaside Heights
Pontoons are available for rental. rjswatercraftrentals.com.
Bill’s Boats, Seaside Heights
Rentals for boats that accommodate four to eight people. Also rents fishing poles and crabbing equipment. facebook.com/Bills-Boats-666588596762479.
Benchmark Boat Rentals, Brick Township
Rents skiffs that fit up to 12 people for the full day or for a half-day along the Metedeconk River. benchmarkboatrentals.com.
Queen Mary, Point Pleasant Beach
Private fishing charter that includes rods, bait and tackle. Boat is 85 feet and holds up to 115 passengers. njqueenmary.com.
Captain Cal II, Belmar
Private afternoon sunset cruises and fishing charters. captaincal2.com.
Two Rivers Charters, Highlands
All-inclusive fishing charter. Includes fuel, tackle, lures, bait, fishing licenses 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 mimosas). Or join the 1.5-hour sunset cruise. cruisintikislongbeachisland.com.
Harbor Outfitters, various locations: Offers kayaks and paddleboards. harboroutfitters.com.
Reel Fantasea Fishing, Barnegat Light: Charters off-shore fishing trips. hreelfantaseafishing.com.
Miss Avalon, Avalon: The Miss Avalon can be chartered for a sunset cruise along the back bay. Cruises run for two hours and accommodate up to 95 guests. Parties 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 instructions. totallytubularwatersports.com.
Yakkity Yaks, Seaside Heights: Offers kayak rentals. yakskayakrental.com.
The Pig & Parrot, Brielle: A tiki-themed party pontoon that is docked near The Pig & Parrot Sand Bar restaurant. Offers private cruises of the Manasquan River. thepigandparrot.com/brielle.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
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