Took my 15 year-old son on the boats on Saturday, Sept 1st. The tour of the inner harbor was relaxed and interesting and provided a unique perspective on some well known city landmarks. However, once we cleared the inner harbor and were permitted to throttle up, the experience changed dramatically. The combination of high swells and a small, fast-moving boat turned our little tour into a white-knuckle thrill ride that somehow managed to leave us simultaneously wrung out and soaking wet! Following some initial surprise and apprehension, we relaxed and began to enjoy the rollercoaster effect of cresting each large swell and crashing down on the other side. Our guide mentioned that it was a "bit rough" that day but he didn't seem overly concerned with the conditions. Even though we ended up enjoying the experience, I could imagine that many people would have decided that it was too intense and either lagged behind the group or headed back into the pier. Our guide was pleasant enough but he spoke very quickly and we missed most of his descriptions of landmarks and points of interest. I can only assume that most tours are MUCH more sedate than ours and that we were just "fortunate" (I'm still trying to decide) to pick a day when conditions turned this into more of a thrilling challenge than a peaceful harbor tour.
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