The yacht embodies the pinnacle of affluence and freedom, as it costs more than a limousine, can go in more directions than a private train, and is easier to launch than a hot-air mansion. Vicariously own a fleet of high-class watercraft with today’s Groupon: for $23, you get a one-year family membership to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol (a $50 value). Membership includes free admission by appointment to the Rebecca Chase Herreshoff Library and Museum lecture series, invitations to special events and activities, and a 10% discount on museum-store purchases.
From its unobstructed perch directly on the bay, the Herreshoff Marine Museum showcases a vast sampling of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s historic fleet of power and sailing yachts. Herreshoff helped usher in the early 20th-century's golden age of yachting, building eight consecutive America’s Cup winners before constructing the first torpedo boats for the U.S. Navy, which until that point had relied on splashing the enemy’s vessels whenever the lifeguard wasn’t looking. A family membership grants two adults and up to four children free year-round access to 60 classic yachts, plus steam engines, fittings, photographs, and memorabilia. Members also get to wander the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, which honors the inductees of yachting’s premier competition.