Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon: for $48, you get a 90-minute sailing tour for two people from Scovare Expeditions, located at Willamette Park (up to a $120 value, depending on the day of the week).
Grab a partner, best friend, or pet crash-test dummy to fill the second spot on your cruise aboard the Scovare II, a 26-foot-long yacht with two private cabins. The boat holds two to six passengers, keeping the company and the experience intimate. Kick back as the captained vessel coasts down the vibrant Willamette River and historic Holgate Channel, all the while snapping spectacular city riverfront views with your eye cameras. The run concludes with an exhilarating run up the west side of Ross Island and the south waterfront, ensuring passengers are not indefinitely trapped on a Möbius strip.
Weekend and weekday cruise options (valued at $40 per person Monday–Thursday and $60 per person Friday–Sunday) are offered throughout the day; early birds can hop on a 7 a.m. or 9 a.m. coffee cruise and midday mariners can take an afternoon cruise. For those preferring the moon to the sun, the 7:30 p.m. sunset sail and 9 p.m. moonlight cruise are also available. A full crew services each sailing adventure, and complimentary soft drinks are served onboard, eradicating the need to bring astronaut packets full of Tang.
Mention your Groupon ID when calling to reserve your tour. Tours are subject to availability.
Though there aren't many reviews available online, six Citysearchers give Scovare Expeditions an average of five stars:
Scovare Expeditions Inc.
With more than 25 years of maritime experience, Shane St. Clair captains Scovare Expeditions' fleet of sailboats, unveiling the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sightseeing passengers. During sailing tours, passengers can bob across the river while taking in the views of the volcanic caldera of Elk Rock Island or feast on three-course meals as the sails fill up with wind like a balloon ruining its dinner. A new Cape Cod Catboat available for charter takes tours, classes, and small dinners on a glide, and a sleek Aquarius sailboat keeps guests boating in style. Those interested in learning the ropes can sign up for sailing lessons, where savvy instructors teach novices how to command the helm, guide the lines, and barter with miserly seagulls.
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