Lake Tillery Boat Rentals

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In a Nutshell

Explore the beautiful 5,000 acres of Lake Tillery on board a speedy jet ski or a 7-14 person pontoon

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 30, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Credit card required at booking. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1/person, 1 as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, 1 week in advance preferred. Not valid Memorial Day (5/23-5/25), July 4th (7/3-7/5), and Labor Day (9/5-9/7). Fuel not included. All safety equipment provided on site. Primary renter & Captains must be 26 or older, has prior boating experience or has passed a NC Wildlife approved boating education course. 3% sales tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

  • $89 for a 3-hour Pontoon Rental for up to 14 people any day ($129 value)
  • $149 for a 5-hour Pontoon Rental for up to 14 people any day ($185 value)
  • $209 for Full Day Pontoon Rental up to 14 people, Valid on Weekdays ($275 value)
  • $275 for Full Day Pontoon Rental up to 14 People, Valid on Weekends ($325 value)
  • Must consent to the Terms of Service & Agreement

On Day of Rental, Bring:
* Cash for remaining payment if not paid-in-full online prior to rental date
* Driver’s License for above renter
* Credit card used for booking online
* Refundable security deposit of $500 cash or check

Currents: The Motion of the Ocean

Whether setting literal sail or motoring along, no boat weighs anchor without tangling with the phenomenon of currents. Check out Groupon’s guide to the mysterious push and pull of the deep blue sea.

The ocean’s currents function like a massive circulatory system coursing across the globe, a lifeblood responsible for heating and cooling land and replenishing sea life with nutrients. Toward the top, wind dictates the ocean’s movement, shuffling water along as it blows over the surface. These surface currents tend to flow in circular patterns, thanks to a combination of Earth’s rotation and stationary obstacles such as continents and lazy whales. Although smaller versions of these surface currents—known as gyres—can be found around the world, five main gyres comprise much of the activity on the ocean’s surface, spinning in large pockets in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Because they’re mostly controlled by the wind, surface currents can vary in lifespan; some taper off after only a few months, whereas the five stalwart gyres have continually churned for thousands of years.

Deeper down, a different system of currents has also crept along for millennia. Known as the global conveyor belt, these arteries flow in one continuous loop, beginning in the cold, dense waters of the north Atlantic and snaking around the globe before returning to their start, all in a single trip lasting about 1,000 years. This slow process is largely caused by differences in temperature and density. As Arctic water gets colder and saltier, it gets denser, sinking to the bottom of the sea as warmer water rushes in to replace it, gets colder, and sinks itself—thus setting in motion the vast-reaching system that carries nutrients and regulates climates across the entire planet.

Oceans aren’t the only bodies of water with currents, of course. The term can be applied to any water in motion, from the soft trickle of a stream to the collision of tributaries at the mouth of a lake. Understanding these currents helps people avoid swimming in treacherous areas, locate prime fishing spots, or ensure the safe docking and navigation of maritime vessels.

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