What You'll Get
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. Enjoy a leisurely cruise with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two tickets for an afternoon day-sail cruise on the schooner Appledore V (up to a $60 value). Children 5 and under with a paying adult are invited to sail for free. The Schooner Appledore V will be docking in Mackinaw City, MI until December 1, 2011.
Let the wind push you along in an invigorating two-hour afternoon cruise aboard the 65-foot, two-masted schooner Appledore V. The zephyr-powered vessel soars along Matanzas Pass toward San Carlos Bay, detouring from the scenic vistas only in the event of the resurfacing of Atlantis. During tours, an onboard educator educates eagle-eyed passengers about the types of friendly marine creatures amassed in the trawl net and held in the onboard touch tank. Keep a watch beneath the waves as well—gallivanting dolphins are frequently sighted on the journey, along with the occasional gang of hooligan manatees. Passengers aboard the Appledore V are also encouraged to become sometime sailors with some hands-on sailing lessons.
Four TripAdvisors give the schooner Appledore V an average of 4.5 stars:
- Well worth the time spent. A real working schooner crewed by a delightful group. Smooth sail south from Salty Sam's dock in Ft. Myer Beach, running broadside to the best sunset in Florida. – maxxdog, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24-hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must use in 1 visit. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
With a stable of two schooners, Appledore IV and Appledore V, which split their time between Fort Myers, Florida, and Bay City and Mackinaw City, Michigan, BaySail's captains ferry passengers about the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico during leisurely and educational tours. The sea vessels depart from Bay City to wind along the Saginaw River and into open water, letting passengers soak up summer sun or, in the autumn, traveling upriver for spectacular views of changing leaves and scarecrows playing hooky on the riverbanks. Come winter, the Appledore V makes its way to Florida, where it seeks out the dolphin populations of San Carlos Bay. All of BaySail's excursions are interactive seafaring affairs in which passengers are encouraged to help to crew the watercraft, learn about fish brought into onboard tanks, and force seagulls to walk the plank.