Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Hoboken Boathouse open?
Click on the "Schedule" link on the left to see our current season schedule.
Why aren’t you open more often?
As 100% volunteer based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are open as often as we can be. Each "Free Paddling" program requires about 10-15 volunteers and "River Trip" programs require 5-10. As our volunteer base grows, we can be open to the public more often.
How much does it cost?
Our public programs are free however donations are always welcome! We rely on donations to cover our operating costs.
Can kids paddle?
Yes! We host many young people during our public programs. Children under 16 years of age must paddle with a parent or an adult guardian over the age of 18.
How long can we paddle for?
Generally, 20-30 minutes. If it is not crowded, you can paddle longer. If we are busy, we may ask you that you come to shore so others can take a turn.
Will it be crowded?
Typically, it is quiet with no crowds earlier in the day. But sometimes we can get crowded pretty early... regardless of crowd size, it is our goal to provide everyone with an opportunity to get on the water. So, when we become busy, we may limit paddling to 20 minute sessions.
Can I make a reservation?
As a small nonprofit organization, we do not have the capacity to take reservations. Our "Free Paddling" program is available on a first come first serve basis. Rarely is there a wait longer than 20 minutes. "River Trip" programs use the lottery system if there are more people than there are boats available (see below).
Why do you have a lottery for "River Trips"?
Due to the popularity of this program, lotteries are sometimes held. If a lottery is conducted and your name is not selected, we hope you will come back for another trip. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled trip time to participate in the lottery.
Where do "River Trips" go?
"River Trips" are excursions out onto the Hudson River. The direction and destination depends on the time, tides and weather conditions that day.
What types of watercraft do you have?
For use by the general public, there are single-person sit-on-top kayaks, two-person (tandem) sit-on-top kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards. Outrigger canoes are available when the Ke Aloha Outrigger Canoe Club is present for an introduction and orientation. You may see volunteers use deck boats which have a covered cockpit and require special training to use.
What, or who is Ke Aloha?
The boathouse is also home to the Ke Aloha Outrigger which is a nonprofit canoe club that is passionate about the rich history and diversity surrounding the culture of outrigger canoeing. Click here to read more about Ke Aloha.
How can I get involved?
We need volunteers for many of our operations and paddling isn’t always one of them! Web design, event organizing, providing instruction, and promotion are just a few. Send us an email and tell us how you would like to get involved.