Without passengers to enjoy them, despondent sailboats would roam the seven seas, jibbing irresponsibly and hanging out with the wrong kind of plankton. Find a boat buddy with today’s Groupon: for $125, you get a six-hour sailing cruise for two on a private yacht through San Francisco Bay from Imagine Sailing Tours, departing from Emeryville (up to a $250 value).
Imagine Sailing Tours welcomes landlubbers to the deck of a beautiful 34’ chartered yacht, providing a memorable vista from which to enjoy the sights and landmarks of San Francisco Bay. Captain Dennis Garrison puts his 30 years of sailing experience at the disposal of up to six passengers at a time, sharing his love and knowledge of the Bay with a scenic six-hour cruise. Take an aqueous acquaintance on a ride through the Raccoon Straits, passing by Sausalito and under the Golden Gate Bridge to marvel at its architecture and catch lost toll change. Complimentary soda, water, and snacks can be nibbled while gazing at the city and Aquatic Park, Pier 39, and the Ferry building before sailing past storied Alcatraz Island. Historical and nautical narratives are provided along the way to satisfy minds as well as eyes. A lunch can be brought to enjoy on the beautiful and history-rich Angel Island, a traditional nesting ground for wild cupids.
Soon-to-be salts should dress in layers for maximum enjoyment under shifting weather patterns, and wear nonslip foot coverings such as tennis shoes. Be sure to look over the FAQs and safety information before stepping aboard. Customers can use up to three Groupons at a time to secure the entire yacht for a private party of six or to entertain a ship-loving barbershop quintet. As an added bonus, those who book in the first two weeks will get a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Imagine Sailing Tours
Captain Dennis Garrison always felt more at home in the water than he did on land. He was born in the beach town of Playa del Rey, where he spent his days fishing, jet-skiing, and sailing along the coast of Southern California. His love of the open sea and knack for navigation eventually led to stints with the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
Unable to ignore the roaring of the surf and the call of gulls after retirement, Garrison founded his own sailing company—Imagine Sailing Tours. Drawing on 30 years of nautical experience, he shuttles passengers towards scenic coastlines and popular sites throughout the San Francisco Bay area. He helms a majestic Irwin Citation 34 yacht, pointing out passing dolphins and seals as he steers towards Angel Island, Half Moon Bay, or AT&T Park. Upon arriving at destinations, Garrison leads activities such as snorkeling trips in Monterrey Bay, wine tastings on Treasure Island, and pottery-spinning classes on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. The skilled seafarer also offers sailing lessons for passengers who’d like to try their hand at steering the ship themselves.