Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with this Groupon.
$15 for a Sunset Cruise for One ($30 Value)
Passengers board the Harbor Lights at Bella Harbor for a 90-minute cruise across Lake Ray Hubbard. The 57-foot double-decker powerboat with a capacity for 98 features floor-to-ceiling glass, a dance floor, and tables and chairs on its main level, as well as an open top level where passengers can find fresh air and beautiful views of the sparkling water. This Groupon is valid only for the sunset cruise each Sunday–Friday at 5p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Sail with Scott LLC
A connection to the sea is in US Coast Guard–licensed captain Scott Self's blood—and, likely, his name. Given Texas's high concentration of the surname Self, it's probable that Scott hails from a band of prisoners shipped over from the coast of England in the first half of the 19th century courtesy of the British Royal Navy. Each prisoner on these ships was dubbed a Seawolf, a title that would eventually be shortened to Self. It's certainly fitting, then, that Scott finds himself at home on the water—he's even twice retraced his ancestors' transatlantic trip aboard a 44-foot sailboat, once heading eastward and once westward.
Today, Scott shares his passion for seafaring during group and private sailing charters out of Lake Ray Hubbard's Bella Harbor. He operates a fleet of three vessels: Seawolf, a 40-foot catamaran built of Spanish cedar; Harbor Lights, a 57-foot air-conditioned double-decker powerboat; and Bucket List, a 37-foot carbon-fiber racing trimaran. The ships whisk passengers on peaceful cruises across the lake's calm waters, offering glimpses of scenic vistas, beautiful lakeside homes, and crystal-clear waters. Passengers also have the chance to steer the boat during complimentary sailing and boating lessons Scott doles out on every cruise and while he waits in line at the bank.