Private cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a two-hour boat rental for up to 10 adults (a $250 value) at SJ Koch Electric Boats, with locations in Annapolis and Oxon Hill.
At SJ Koch Electric Boats, eager land-lubbers steer themselves along Spa Creek and National Harbor in an easy-to-steer luxury party-boat. On each voluptuous vessel, seafarers have access to a 70-quart ice chest, wine cooler, and refrigerator capable of holding the brewed booty of up to 10 spirited pirates. Other amenities on the heated and enclosed private floating paradise include a bathroom and a four-speaker stereo system complete with a radio, CD player, and iPod hookup. Piloting the electric and eco-friendly craft is breezy for first-timers and veteran captains alike, with most tourgoers likening the steering experience to driving a golf cart. Without the noise, smells, and vibrations of gas engines, the smooth ship also allows guests to coast quietly and stealthily past nearby waterfront shops and restaurants
Customers do not need experience to pilot one of SJ Koch's electric boats, but they must possess a MD boating license, which can be acquired after passing an online exam. Alternatively, for those who don't have the chance to finish the boat-safety class, the boating outpost can issue a 30-day temporary certificate. Guests requiring said certificate are asked to arrive 15 minutes ahead of their reserved boating time.
SJ Koch Duffy Electric Boats
S.J. Koch Duffy's electric boats are eco-conscious, as they don't burn any fuel. Emitting zero emissions, the 22- and 18-foot rental boats provide breathtaking views upon departure. Renters can take the canopied vessels floating by Annapolis's US Naval Academy. On board, a built-in stereo system emits an energetic score to each renter's adventure. Duffy's website claims the boats are as easy to drive as a golf cart, but also offers training for new drivers.