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.
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.