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"Bring A Buddy Boating" week begins toady

Published in the Asbury Park Press 07/8/05
STAFF REPORT



Several local marinas and a couple of restaurants have scheduled special events for next week as the state's marine trades group marks "Bring A Buddy Boating" week.

The program, designed to encourage more people to take up boating, runs from Monday through July 17.

"We hope boaters will take advantage of this special week in July and share the excitement of boating with others. A strong and growing boating industry will benefit everyone that enjoys the beautiful waterways of New Jersey," said Melissa Danko, executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey.

Up The Creek Tavern and Restaurant in Keyport, is offering is offering boaters and buddies 10 percent off lunch and dinner orders if they "dock 'n' dine," and Windows On The Bay, Bayville, Berkeley, is giving boaters and buddies who mention that they are participating in "Bring A Buddy Boating" week 10 percent off.

Marinas participating and the events ? which are free and open to the public ? they have planned include:

Baywood Marina, Brick, (732) 477-3322, will be hosting an open house on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Planned activities include: boat rides; entertainment; fishing seminars; electronics seminars; refreshments; free VHF & Fishfinder with a new McKee Craft over 17 feet and Steiger Craft purchased that day; 20 percent off all store merchandise except electronics and sale items; a drawing for $100 gift card; a free drawing for a dinghy, and a drawing for a 10 cents per gallon gas discount until Oct. 31, 2005.

Causeway Marine, Manahawkin, (609) 597-3488, will be hosting an open house on Satruday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Planned activities include: boat rides, refreshments, and a raffle for a water sports tube.

Grassy Sound Marina, Grassy Sound, (609) 846-1400, is offering a $10 discount on boat rentals on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13.

Irwin Marine Center, Red Bank, (732) 741-0003, will be hosting an open house event on July 16 and 17.

Leamings Marina, Waretown, (609) 971-1514, will be hosting an open house on July 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Planned activities include: boat rides; United States Coast Guard Auxiliary courtesy exams; refreshments, and a raffle for a Big Bertha Watersport 2.

Ocean Heights Marina, Egg Harbor Township, (609) 927-1585, will be hosting an open house and demo day on July 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Planned activities include: boat rides, a live country band; face painting; a moon bounce for children, and a cookout picnic.

Pier 47 Marina, Wildwood, (609) 729-4774, will be hosting an open house on July 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sandy Hook Bay Marina and The Original Oyster Restaurant, Highlands, (732) 872-1511, will be hosting an event on July 16 from noon to 5 p.m. with dinner and dancing available afterwards at the Original Oyster Restaurant. Planned activities include: an "In Marina Fishing Contest," with prizes for the three largest fish caught inside the marina and special discounts for contestants, a Tiki bar with refreshments and drinks, and a band in the evening.

Sheltered Cove Marina, Tuckerton, (609) 296-9400, will be hosting an open house on July 16. Planned activities include: three boats in the water for test rides; United States Coast Guard courtesy safety inspections; refreshments, and raffling off United States Coast Guard safety kits.

Waterfront Marine, Somers Point, (609) 926-1700, will be hosting an open house on July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Planned activities include: demo rides, refreshments, and discounts on the purchase of new and used boats.
 

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I'm waiting on the boat/motor manufactures to start offering employee prices like all the car makers are doing. I wouldn't mind picking up a mid-price range 18CC or bay boat for mid-teens That will get me to take up boating ;)
 
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