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 $25, you get $50 toward a fishing trip, fast ferry, or whale-watching excursion at Viking Fleet in Montauk.
Founded in 1936, Viking Fleet runs the one of the largest privately owned fleets of fishing and recreational vessels on the Northeast coast. Each summer, Viking’s seasoned captains take to the waters around Montauk to lead passengers on fishing trips and whale-watching expeditions. Bait, rods, and tackle come with the Family Half-Day Fluke-Fishing Excursion ($50 for one adult), a four-hour tour which sets sail aboard the Viking Starship, a classic, 140-foot boat licensed for 300 fisherfolk and outfitted with 150 rod holders. Qualified naturalists or marine biologists who can easily translate whale song into standard English narrate whale-watching tours ($69/adult), which launch on select Sundays at 9:30 a.m. While on board, guests may glimpse a number of whale species, dolphins, sea turtles, and water-wing-donning groundhogs, along with witnessing a plankton tow and cruising by the Montauk lighthouse and other East End landmarks.
The fleet’s Fast Ferries ($75–$120 roundtrip/adult) shuttle interstate adventurers quickly between treehouse timeshares in Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. Custom-designed by Captain Paul Forsberg for the waters of Montauk, the brand-new, 120-foot Viking Superstar boasts a stable, anti-seasickness design, three decks, and comfortable indoor and outdoor seating for 225 passengers. Although Viking Ferries do not provide passage for automobiles, there is adequate on-board storage for bicycles, surfboards, and propeller-powered beanies. Guests may purchase snacks and beverages during the voyage.
Captain Paul G. Forsberg first served as a mate on his father, Carl Forsberg’s, boat fleet, where he worked until 1951. At the age of 12, he bought his first 24-foot boat, which he used to practice cruising the waters of Montauk. Today, he owns and serves as the head captain on his father’s Viking Fleet, working alongside a team of captains that includes his son and two grandsons. They ship passengers around the waters of Massachusetts and New York aboard a fleet of four private and commercial fishing boats, a high-speed ferry, and a cruise and whale-watching ship—many of which Captain Paul designed himself.
Captains may showcase local skylines, point out passing whale pods, or drag-race the Flying Dutchman aboard the Viking Starship, a 140-foot cruise ship with a climate-controlled cabin and seating on two outdoor decks. The custom-designed high-speed ferry Viking Superstar transports passengers, their bicycles, and surfboards across the water to Block Island, New London, and Martha's Vineyard. Anglers occupy ships including the Viking Star, Gulfstar, wooden Stariper, and sail-assisted Freedom on day and nighttime fishing trips, taking advantage of onboard gear and sleeping quarters where the crew stays up and talks about which boats are the prettiest.
462 W Lake Dr.
Montauk, New York 11954