The invention of buoyancy started a new chapter in mankind's relationship with water, easing the construction of massive ships and terminating the technical difficulty of bobbing for apples. Celebrate displaced fluid with today's Groupon: for $199, you get a four-hour powerboat rental including an inner tube or a pair of water skis from South River Boat Rentals in Edgewater (a $440 value). This Groupon is not redeemable until April 1, 2012.
South River Boat Rentals supplies tourists with seafaring vessels to cruise the coastal majesty of the Chesapeake Bay. Declare yourself captain of the 21-foot Wellcraft, which seats up to six, and task underlings with other nautical duties, such as managing the music selection on the iPod-compatible ship or keeping a lookout for water-balloon-toting pelicans. Today's Groupon includes water-ski or inner-tube gear for amphibious guests to carve miniature wakes through peaceful waters and loitering dinghies. The four-hour rental affords ample time for jaunts to scenic haunts such as the Thomas Point Lighthouse, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and the Naval Academy. The 140-horsepower Wellcraft includes conventional U.S. Coast Guard safety materials, a VHF radio, a fish finder and bait well, a bimini top, and a retractable ladder ideal for water-treading competitions.
South River Boat Rentals
Chesapeake Bay is 200 miles long, but that’s not the only reason it’s the United States’ largest estuary. The Bay also serpentines off into hundreds of rivers and creeks, accessible with South River Boat Rentals’ vessels. Seafarers explore the estuary’s fringes in the powerboats and sailboats, cruising past historic sites, such as Jamestown and Tangier Island. Alternatively, fishing parties set sail for piscatorial hot spots, casting from the boats’ decks. To teach newbies the ropes before they hit the water, the company’s team hosts sessions on boating basics, from steering to stopping at fish crossings.