Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours sailing through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a four-hour boat rental and a $1,500 credit toward membership to The Boat Fleet, located at the new Northlake Marina in North Palm Beach (a $199 value).
The Boat Fleet, a members-only boating club, supplies seafaring groups with an assortment of floating vessels for exploration and maritime enjoyment. Crews of up to 12 sailors board one of three types of vessels to take in scenic sights on Peanut Island or gawk at mansion crops sprouting along the Palm Beach coastline. Families can pile into a sporty 22-foot Stardeck ship or the 21-foot Glastron deck boat, designed with wraparound seating on the bow for an afternoon of skiing. The 21-foot Sailfish center console ferries fishing expeditions of up to six people with stainless-steel rod holders and a water well for live bait or wishes. Captains can check out rentals from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day and must bring the boat back with a full tank.
Skippers interested in lifetime access to the full fleet of boats get a $1,500 credit toward membership, which equips wannabe sailors with water rides without ownership hassles such as cleaning, repairing, and incorporating a pun into the name. The standard unlimited membership ($4,900 with $249 monthly dues) equips sailors and sightseers with lifetime boat rentals for vessels from 20 feet to 28 feet, with higher levels of membership for larger schooners.
The Boat Fleet
Sailors navigate the glittering waters of Palm Beach in one of The Boat Fleet's many vessels, which include center consoles, walkarounds, deck boats, cabin cruisers, and bowriders. Seafaring parties may adventure to nearby Peanut Island, cruise up and down the coast to spot sprawling waterfront mansions, or relax while floating in their private patches of ocean. The 21- to 33-foot boats include rigs equipped for fishing trips—including stainless-steel rod holders, game-spotting GPS, and lures that look like Bugs Bunny in a wig—and all ships stow Coast Guard safety gear and lifeboats aboard.