When Are You Open?
Click on the link for our Season Schedule: http://www.hobokencoveboathouse.org/season-schedule/ Generally we open more and more every year as our volunteer base grows. Join us!
How much does it cost?
It’s free. Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse is an all-volunteer non-profit organization authorized by the IRS. Every non profit must have a “public purpose.” Ours is to create access to the river.
Can I Make a Reservation?
No. Embayment paddling is available on a first-come first served basis. Rarely is there ever a longer wait than 20 minutes. River trips use the lottery system (see below).
Can kids go out?
Yes, we host many, many young people during the programs. Kids under the age of 16 need to paddle with a parent or guardian. Everyone wears a life jacket as everyone does. Even small children and toddlers can go out with their parent/ guardian. We just need to make sure that there is a lifejacket available that is appropriate for the weight of your child.
Will it be Crowded?
We don’t know. Generally it's quiet with no crowds earlier in the day. But sometimes it can be crowded early. Depends on the weather and other factors like “have most people had their coffee yet.”
How Long Can We Paddle For?
Generally 20-25 minutes. If there is no waiting then it’s possible you can stay out longer. If there is a long line of people waiting, we may ask you to come in a few minutes earlier so others can take a turn.
How Can I go on a River Trip?
River trips are excursions out onto the river. The direction and destination depends on the time and tide, which are influenced by weather conditions that day. The trips are announced via the email list. Some of our trips are posted on the season schedule.
How does the River Trip Lottery Work?
River trip slots are granted by lottery. There are no reservations. At the time of the trip anyone who is interested to go shows up at the Boathouse and we do a lottery at that time. Sometimes everyone gets to go, but sometimes not... Like many things just take your chances and hope for the best.
What size and types of boats do you use?
We have boats that are designed for a single person, as well as some boats that are tandems (for two people). The boat types are sit-on-tops (SOTs) as well as some deck boats. The SOTs are just that - when you are paddling you are actually sitting on top of the boat. The deck boats have a cockpit where you insert your legs into the boat, and your torso and upper body extends out so you can paddle. Generally for the embayment programs we use the SOTs.
Why Aren’t You Open More Often?
As an all volunteer program we open as much as we can given the staff and resources we have. Every embayment program requires about 10-15 volunteers, depending on the paddling session duration that day. As more people get involved the boathouse is open more often. Join us and help this activity to grow!
How can I get involved?
We need volunteers for many tasks and paddling skill isn’t always one of them. Web design, Event organizing, embayment programs, promotion just to name a few. Send us an email and tell us how you would like to get involved.