Commuting via sailboat has a number of advantages: there are no traffic jams, there are no hitchhikers with hooks for teeth, and if you hit a deer it's definitely the deer's fault. Hone natural reflections with today's Groupon: for $75, you get three hours of sailing for up to three people from Jersey Coastal Adventures in Forked River (up to a $150 value).
Helmed by U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain David Basile, the 35-foot, sloop-rigged North Star yacht zips passengers through Barnegat Bay, reaching speeds of up to 7 knots. Certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and first aid, Captain Dave skillfully masters the helm, giving yachters the option to test their wind-wrangling aptitude and the strength of their sea arms by lending a hand on deck. Dawn treaders can choose to embark on a midmorning light-air sail (10 a.m.–1 p.m.), or an afternoon strong-air sail (2 p.m.–5 p.m.), and romantics can enjoy picturesque sunsets, moonrises, and glimpses of were-fish during the sunset sail (6 p.m.–9 p.m.). Each sailing adventure offers complimentary soft drinks and water, though passengers are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages and picnic baskets.
Jersey Coastal Adventure
Boasting licenses from the United States Coast Guard and the United States Merchant Marines, Captain David J. Basile takes parties on sailing charters into protected Barnegat Bay and its inter-coastal waterways. Launching his boat, The North Star, from Wilbert's Marina in Forked River, the captain tailors experiences that range from sunset cruises to bachelor or bachelorette parties. Captain David also maintains web pages that advise passengers of what to bring and anticipates FAQs, such as what to do if large whale asks for a kiss.