Welcome New Boaters!

New boater resources

Go Boating NJ is all about promoting boating in New Jersey and doing so by sharing the excitement of boating and all that it has to offer, highlighting NJ’s most popular boating areas, destinations and activities. As you look around our site you'll notice links to all the resources you need to prepare for your good time on the water: information on our waterways, weather, rules and regs, and much more. Check with us often for new information and updates.

We know many visitors to our website are brand new to boating and we have curated some special information just for you. Being prepared and staying knowledegable about your new boat will keep you on the water for years to come. Check out the links below and keep checking back as we add more.

Fishing & Boating Spots Tool - Looking for your go-to spot? Search the map for tips on local boating spots near you and tips on local catches.

First-Time Boat Owners: 10 Tips to Get Started

Boating Safety Tips for 2021: Advice from Real Captains

How to Get a Boating License

Discover Boating - Boat Ownership Basics - Boat ownership will be smooth sailing after reading through these resources.

BoatUS: YouTube Playlist - Boating Quick Start Guide for Beginners - lots of great instructional videos here!

Must-Have Boating Safety Equipment

Pre-Departure Checklist

Hurricane Prep Checklist

Boat Storage: What Are My Options?

Boat Insurance: Cost & Coverage


See You On The Water!