The first step to renting a boat in New Jersey is to find and contact an area boat rental company. Some examples of boat rental companies are the Ocean City Fishing Center, Route 37 Watersports, New Jersey Party Boat, and Bridge Marina. It is necessary to have a valid driver’s license, be over 21 years of age and have a New Jersey Boater’s Certificate to rent a boat in New Jersey, as of 2015.
Most boat rental companies offer clients a Temporary Boater’s Certificate, though the state requires a Boating Safety Certificate and boat endorsement on a New Jersey driver’s license in order to operate a motorized vessel. Boat rental companies may request that clients have a working cellphone and a valid credit card in order to book a boat rental reservation.
The state of New Jersey offers both ocean and lake boat rental opportunities in places such as Ocean City, Seaside Heights and Lake Hopatcong. Anyone wishing to fish from a New Jersey boat rental must register prior to departure. The state of New Jersey requires that fishermen possess a New Jersey Saltwater License, for which they may register at either a boat rental location or sports store, or on the official Saltwater Registry website.