(Photographs by Monique M. Demopoulos)
All aboard, and onward toward a spectacular sunset! On a beautiful summertime evening, about 15 travellers lined up at Morrison Marina’s slip 18 in Beach Haven for a public sunset cruise to Mordecai Island and alongside the Intracoastal Waterway in Barnegat Bay.
Capt. Rob Romanowski welcomed travellers aboard the 35-foot pontoon boat termed the Queen Metropolis Cycle Boat. A handful of gals took their seats at the lounge, located in the bow of the boat, for a vast open up watch of the surrounding seascape. The remaining passengers took to the bar. 1st Mate Tyler Spicer gave the appropriate safety briefing just before the boat set off into the night.
“In phrases of cycle boats, I have the only just one on the Jersey Shore,” said Romanowski, who launched the Queen Metropolis Cycle Boat in July. He found cycle boats on the web a couple many years in the past, and started dreaming up the possibility of turning the concept into a business venture.
ALL ABOARD!: Very first Mate Tyler Spicer joins Capt. Rob Romanowski at the wheel of the Queen City Cycle Boat.
“I just considered Beach front Haven, in particular, was missing anything,” he stated. “If you are in this article for a 7 days or a weekend … there is just not a large amount of possibilities for receiving out on the h2o.” Unless someone either owns a boat on LBI or is eager to rent one particular, the only other choice to get on a boat on the south conclusion of the Island had been a substantial constitution boat. Romanowski discussed the cycle boat fulfills that center range for people who are just going to and want to have a dedication free, minimal-essential outing.
Every single seat at the bar has its individual own cooler, now stocked with ice, and a pedal station. The pedal stations are all attached to a central paddle beneath the boat. An ambitious more than enough celebration could propel the boat all on the electricity of a wild evening out.
This particular cruise was relaxed, floating alongside glassy, serene drinking water, so Romanowski saved factors motoring alongside as passengers savored their drinks and throwback jams pumping out of the seem technique. A person person in the occasion was dubbed DJ, and he took his title very seriously, maintaining the vibe upbeat with ’80s and ’90s hip hop.
Meanwhile, a team of sisters from different elements of NYC liked the view of the location solar and the subsequent moonrise from their lounge seating.
“We did a thing like this eight yrs back out by the lighthouse,” stated Diane Stewart of Staten Island. “This sounded like entertaining, with the pedaling.” Her sister, Beth Thomas, additional, “And it is these a stunning night time!” All over them, the solar was dipping reduced, casting an orange glow between pastel streams of clouds onto the area of the water.
The moment the final light-weight light, the glow of get together lighting reworked the boat into a floating dance club. There is even a restroom on board for when character calls – even though in the middle of character.
In addition to 90-moment and two-hour public mixer cruises, which can be reserved for just less than $50, the Queen Metropolis Cycle Boat is obtainable for non-public charters (for up to 24 travellers) to spice up any function.
Patrons pedal along though enjoying beverages to a stellar sunset.
“It’s been a large amount of every little thing,” explained Romanowski. “I necessarily mean, we’ve experienced birthdays, anniversaries, girls nights and bachelorette functions – so a lot of bachelorette events!”
Alternatives for a party on the water are endless. The vessel is a traveling template that can be dressed up or down according to the tastes of its travellers. Travellers deliver their very own foods and beverages. Romanowski supplies coolers, koozies, ice, cups and bottled h2o.
“We’ve noticed all the things from pizzas to whole-on charcuterie boards,” he explained.
He referenced One Board Blonde Charcuterie (@One particular Board Blonde, on Facebook) as anyone who generates some of the gorgeous “grazing tables” he’s witnessed aboard the boat.
Community and private trips are available right up until at least Oct, weather conditions dependent. Stop by queencitycycleboat.com to register.
— Monique M. Demopoulos