FAQs

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Boating Club FAQs

Question: How do I know that I will be able to get a boat?

You simply make a reservation. Your reservation guarantees your use of the Club. Each Member has equal access to the reservation system up to six weeks in advance. You control how often you go boating.

The Club maintains a ratio of approximately (7:1) of Full Members to boats that ensures our members have great access to the water. Statistics, history, and common sense dictate that every Member is not available to go boating at the same time. Since our inception in 2006, there has rarely been a fully booked weekend in our Club. 

You can test making a reservation right now…please ask one of our staff members if you there is a boat available for the next time you would be able to go boating.

Question: How do reservations and scheduling work?

Reservations are made in our online reservation system. One reservation equals a single AM or PM visit, typically 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 7pm.  Reservations can be aligned in order to take a boat for an entire day.

If you're an early morning angler, or would like to enjoy a late evening dinner on the lake, accommodations can be made for early arrivals or later-in-the-day returns that extend beyond our normal business hours - please just ask!

Question: What types of boats are in the Club?

The Club features a variety of awesome Starcraft and Four Winns boats - first class quality boats specifically chosen to meet a variety of our members’ needs and the conditions of Lake Hopatcong. 

Question: What if I am new to boating?

No problem. We can help you arrange a NJ boating course so you can obtain your boating license. All Members receive on-water training to assure that you and your family are safe and comfortable. Additional hands-on training is also available to make sure you are comfortable and safe at the helm.

Question: Can I bring guests on the boat?

Yes. You may bring as many guests as are safely allowed on each boat. Some boats in our fleet can accommodate as many as 10-12 people.  

Question: Am I a good candidate for the Bridge Marina Boating Club?

You are a good candidate for the Boating Club if you enjoy boating already, or if you are looking to experience boating for the first time.  You are a good candidate if you want someone else to deal with the normal hassles, commitments, confusion or issues that can come with owning a boat.  You are a good candidate if you want access to different types of boats based on your needs.  You are a good candidate if you have limited vacation time available and want to make the most of your time.

You may not be a good candidate if you prefer to do your own boat maintenance and care, or if you have a lot of free unconstrained time to deal with your boat.  You may not be a good candidate if you can not plan a day or so in advance or if you’re looking for just one boat to suit all your needs.

Question: What are the dates of the season?

The Club season begins on May 1st and goes through October 1st. Weather and water conditions permitting; our season gives you 152 days of carefree summer fun.

Question: How long have you been doing the Boating Club at Bridge Marina? What sets you apart from the competition?

Bridge Marina has been in the marine business for over 50 years, serving boaters and operating a successful marina on Lake Hopatcong, which is where we noticed how much boaters love boating, but dislike the commitments of owning a boat.  Bridge Marina founded the Boating Club in 2006, and has been providing turn-key marine service to demanding customers for the better part of a century.  

Bridge Marina offers Lake Hopatcong’s only Boating Club, and is the only NJDEP Certified Clean Marina on Lake Hopatcong, as well as the only nationally acclaimed “Marina of the Year” in the entire state.  Bridge Marina is a recognized leader in the industry, receiving local and national awards for its work, including two national “Marina of the Year” awards and Daily Record “Best of the Best” Reader’s Choice awards year after year.  Bridge Marina is also involved in local and national trade committees and organizations, such as the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and the Association of Marine Industries.  

Question: Is the club some sort of fractional ownership or time-share?

No. Bridge Marina owns and maintains the equipment and you gain a membership to use the facilities for the membership term, just as you might join a gym. You simply join the Boating Club for season.

Question: What about boating safety equipment?

Safety is very important to us. Each boat is equipped with proper safety devices for your safety and protection.

Question: Is insurance included in my membership?

Yes. Insurance is included in your membership. 

Question: Are local maps and charts included?

Yes. Each boat is equipped with a chart of Lake Hopatcong as well as a depth finder. Our helpful and friendly staff will be glad to guide or advise you on fun spots around the lake.

Question: Does Membership include the fuel?

No.  You are invoiced for the specific amount of fuel consumed. 

Question: What happens if there is a problem with a boat while we are using it?

Bridge Marina has an experienced service department with tow boat ready to assist you.

Question: What am I waiting for?

Don’t wait too long…there are a limited number of memberships available each season, after which you will have to wait until the following season to enjoy boating!

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