Red sky at night is a sailor’s delight, but red sky at morning means the ship's been steered inside a volcano. Drink up even more aquaformation with today’s Groupon: for $149, you get a four-hour boat rental and an intro to boating course from Carefree Boat Club (a $350 value) in Charles City. Each boat can fit 7–10 people.
Carefree Boat Club ushers clients toward a multitude of exhilarating waterbound escapes on a pontoon or ski boat from its flotilla of vessels, enabling outings of fishing, waterskiing, or ultrarealistic productions of H.M.S. Pinafore. Newly initiated captains spend 20–30 minutes learning to steer buoyant steeds and learning basic info at the marina before hands-on training with the club's dock master acclimates sea legs. When drivers are comfortable in the water, they can drop off instructors at the pier and take free reign of the open seas. Located on Chickahominy River in Charles City, the club provides an ideal launch point for four-hour watery jaunts. After a morning or afternoon of sea skimming and arguing over who should call whom Ishmael, wave tamers can take shore leave and enjoy the nearby bevy of outdoor activities, restaurants, and golf courses.
Carefree Boat Club
The boating experts at Carefree Boat Club empower their members to explore the region’s waterways at the helm of like-new, professionally maintained water vessels. Safety is paramount, so before club members can take the helm, they must attend a classroom training session and two on-the-water training sessions with Carefree Boat Club’s dock master. During these sessions, they learn navigation, docking, and boat safety. After receiving their safety certificates, members gain access to the fleet of deck boats, fishing boats, sailboats, pontoons, cruisers, and watersports boats.
The club’s dock staff also holds the water vessels themselves to high safety standards. They inspect boats weekly using a 50-point safety checklist, and outfit boats with safety equipment such as flares, horns, flotation devices, and earplugs for blocking out siren songs.
9100 Wilcox Neck Rd.
Charles City, Virginia 23030