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. Reap the benefits of seafaring with today’s Groupon to SailLaser Jacksonville in Orange Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a four-hour sailboat rental (a $99 value)
- For $49, you get a two-hour intro to sailing lesson (a $100 value)<p>
On the calm waters of the Fleming Island Marina, SailLaser Jacksonville outfits recreational mariners with Laser Class sailboat rentals, and their friendly, experienced instructors teach nautical skills to fledgling sailors in private lessons. After donning a life jacket, rental customers choose a craft from SailLaser Jacksonville’s fleet of modern, personal dinghies that avoid the pitfalls of vintage Pequod-inspired vessels. The Bug and Pico Lasers sport manageable controls capable of introducing young children to steering, and popular Sunfish slice across the marina or explore the winding St. Johns River. Wind ripples through hair while gliding across placid waters in an Olympic-class Laser Radial rig, and legs can stretch out in the roomy cockpit of the Zuma. During the lesson, instructors shepherd beginners through the basics of sailing, explaining equipment, demonstrating techniques, and answering questions about the difference between port and a fortified wine. When water conditions are rough, wave-based classrooms move onshore for dry-land tutelage.
At SailLaser’s landbound facility, sailors can gather in the meeting area, throw food on barbecue grills, browse the Ship’s Store for snacks, or obsessively scan the horizon listening for the jingle of the ice cream tugboat. First mates can change into water-worthy clothes in a clean, spacious changing room and stow their gear in the facility’s office. After the voyage, watery adventures can continue with a hot showers or a dip in the facility’s swimming pool.