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Seasoned captain directs passengers to a wide range of historic bay buildings, islands, and ships

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Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 12 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability and weather conditions. 48hr cancellation notice required or fee up to half the Groupon price may apply.. Not valid 10/2/12 through 10/8/12. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with this Groupon.

$37 for One Admission to a Bay Highlights Boat Tour ($75 Value)

As they take in skyline views on the San Francisco Bay Highlights tour, participants listen to a narrated overview detailing famous sights, such as Jack London Square, Port of Oakland, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the Palace of Fine Arts. The boat also circles around the bay islands, getting close enough to stick post-it-note messages on historic ships, such as the SS Jeremiah O'Brien and the USS Potomac. Each tour lasts about two hours and includes a personal flotation device for each passenger, with up to 12 passengers on the boat. Riders are encouraged to bring gloves during cool-weather tours, as well as cameras and binoculars.

Bay Voyager

Though Captain Charles Jennings' former life includes stints as first officer and tugboat engineer aboard several historic water vessels, he now exclusively leads daily tours of San Francisco Bay on his 28-foot custom-built, U.S. Coast Guard–approved rigid inflatable boat. He calls upon his previous maritime experience when passing sites such as the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, which he served on during the vessel's 50th anniversary voyage. He also regales passengers with the bay's history, legend, and official twitter account while the boat skims the water at up to nearly 40 miles per hour, courtesy of its 300-horsepower Yamaha engine.

Most tours operate on set routes, highlighting the bay's verdant islands, mooring sites of abandoned Gold Rush ships, and estuaries teeming with still-active cargo ships and lost Marco Polo players. However, Captain Jennings is willing to deviate from the set structures to suit passengers' interests. As far as passenger safety and comfort are concerned, he equips his boat with first-aid kits, motion-sickness remedies such as ginger ale and ginger candies, dry storage for personal effects, and foul-weather gear.

Customer Reviews

THE best way to sail/boat the beautiful San Francisco bay. Captain Charles is a faboulous skipper and docent. It was a joy zig, zag and skim across the bay, and then to go under the Golden Gate bridge, all the while getting a history lesson about the area. Very highly recommend this excursion.
Praveen · February 10, 2013
Completely surpassed al my expectations. My friends and I had such an amazing time, I highly recommend to anyone looking for a great guide on the bay. Worth every cent.
Chad M. · January 10, 2013
I have taken several different tours of the bay, and this was by far the most satisfying. you get to be so close to the water because of the size of the boat and the captain is extremely knowledgeable and interesting. i will definitely do another tour with them. we lucked out and took a 4pm tour, which meant we returned in the dark. the bay is a whole different place at night. highly recommended!
HeatherSarantis · December 10, 2012
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