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BHCFA Is Multi-Faceted

The captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association enjoy the reputation of providing some of the finest saltwater fishing on the east coast. Recent additions to their fleet have expanded the recreational services they provide to the public that do not include fishing.

In addition to captaining the head boat, “Miss Beach Haven,” Captain Frank Camarda provides family adventures on the “Black Pearl,” an authentic looking pirate ship. Children are transformed into little buccaneers as they get temporary tattoos and dress like pirates.

The young pirates learn how to talk, sing, dance, and play games like true buccaneers of the high seas. They fire the 12 powerful water cannons at rival thieving pirates. This one-hour cruise leaves the dock daily at 4pm.

Captain Frank also offers sunset cruises on “Black Pearl” as it cruises the calm, protected waters of Little Egg Harbor Bay. A fully stocked bar and a DJ keep families entertained. The ship departs daily at 7pm on its 1.5-hour cruise.

Captain Rob Romanowski operates the Queen City Cycle Boat, “Miss Harlow Jane.” This unique craft is a 35-foot custom pontoon cycle boat with 12 pedal stations surrounding a central bar. Pedalers work together to rotate a paddle wheel at the stern, which in conjunction with an outboard engine moves the group throughout back bay waters.

This first of a kind in the area craft can carry a maximum of 24 passengers plus two crew members. In addition to departing from the Queen City Marina, Captain Rob will pick up passengers at private residences. The boat runs into the fall and cruises six days a week with Tuesdays an off day.

While watching natural wonders and waterfront mansions while on the water, passengers on the “Miss Harlow Jane” can imbibe their favorite beverages enjoying a surround-sound system and party lighting.

There are two new tiki cruise boats in the BHCFA fleet this year. Captain Gary Dugan has added a brand-new tiki barge to his “Irish Jig” Charter fleet. The tiki will sail out of Captain Gary’s new Marina on Great Bay, Cape Horn Marina.

The craft is a 24-foot pontoon boat powered by a 150 horsepower Evinrude and carrying six passengers. The craft sails twice daily at 1 and 4pm from June through September. Passengers can observe the unspoiled nature of the area as they learn about the history of  Great Bay.

Captain Steve Palmer has introduced his brand-new tiki boat this year; the “SBB Tiki Boat” is a 20-footer powered by a Suzuki Outboard. The boat holds from 1-6 passengers and will sail from the Beach Haven Yacht Club Marina. It will sail through the summer into September.

The “SBB Tiki Boat” provides the perfect venue for any occasion, whether it be a birthday, bachelor or bachelorette party, or simply a fun Tiki Boat cruise. The craft includes a beautiful bar, sound system, lighting, and bathroom facility. Beverages are BYOB and various cruise packages are available.

Captain Tom Masterson of LBI provides visitors to LBI the unique opportunity to explore LBI’s historic maritime sights and waterways on the “Fishful Thinking.” Captain Tom’s 2-hour personalized interactive boat tours of Great Bay and Tuckerton Creek give guests the opportunity to observe and learn about the unique nature of the area.

On the Great Bay tour passengers see more than 30 miles of LBI’s bays, creeks and coastline including the pristine Forsythe Wildlife Preserve.

The tours are run by US Coast Guard licensed captains on low-profile high-performance twin engine boats. They allow for up-close and personal views for up to 6 passengers per tour and the occasional salt spray. Private party boat tours and sunset cruises are also available.

In addition to operating his charter boat “Insatiable,” Captain John Lewis operates an on-water boat delivery operation, transporting boats on the water to many distant destinations. He has delivered boats as far as St. Thomas, USVI and Cancun to the south and New England to the north. Besides his delivery services he also takes new captains to teach the operations of their new vessel.