Sailors learn to be experts at knot tying, from securing the vessel with a tight anchor hitch to securing the captain after he succumbs to madness and tries to eat his own hook hand. This Groupon is a mutinous bounty.
Choose Between Two Options
- $59 for a 90-minute BYOB Portland powerboat tour for two (a $118 value)
- $149 for a 90-minute BYOB private small-yacht charter for up to six (a $298 value)<p>
Portland powerboat tours seat up to six passengers. For the charter option, groups of up to six hop aboard the M.S. Wolf, a historic yacht built in 1932, and enjoy an unobstructed, water-level view of the Willamette River. Groups can bring along their favorite food and beverages, and the USCG–licensed captain may share interesting facts about the sights as requested.
Both tours may travel up the Willamette River to grant glimpses of the Waverley Country Club and the volcanic caldera near Elk Rock Island. They’ll also drift down the Holgate Channel along the city riverfront and around Ross Island, where passengers savor photo ops of exclusive floating homes, city skyscrapers and tourist sites, six historic bridges, and the Holgate Channel wilderness area, which is home to blue herons, osprey, and bald eagles.<p>
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.