Take a ride on Pier 39's RocketBoat!

April 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The newest adventure in the Bay Area? it will be a thrill for your kids!

PIER 39 is offering a special Local Advantage called "Kids Eat and Play Free" with the purchase of each adult entrée or attraction ticket. This offer is for Locals ONLY and is valid through June 30, 2009. THIS INCLUDES ROCKETBOAT RIDES! (KIDS 11 AND UNDER). For a list of participating restaurants and attractions, go to www.pier39.com, click on the section called "Local Advantage," sign up and download the coupon.

About RocketBoat:
PIER 39's Blue & Gold Fleet is unleashing its new exciting thrill ride - RocketBoat for the 2009 Season. This dual engine speedboat, with a mixture of bio-diesel fuel will blast-off at 44 knots, giving its 135 passengers an exhilarating rush! RocketBoat launches on the Bay May 1 and will operate through October 31.

The open-air RocketBoat gives both locals and visitors a chance to take in the spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the City skyline in a whole new way- through twists, turns, and spirals. Passengers will be entertained with a live narration from the captain and crew. These 30 minutes of thrills are enhanced with a classic Rock 'n Roll soundtrack.

RocketBoat runs daily, 11AM - 6PM, from Gate 4 at PIER 39's West Marina. RocketBoat slowly passes the sea lions, then ignites to the Bay Bridge, zips by AT&T Park, rounds Treasure Island and then cruises past Alcatraz before returning home to PIER 39. "The breathtaking views are part of the allure of being on the Bay. RocketBoat riders will now take in the sights while their hearts pound and their heads swirl," says Taylor Safford, President of Blue & Gold Fleet, the man behind the ride. Hearing about other high speed boats in other states, like the Screamer in Hawaii and the Beast in New York, he was determined to bring RocketBoat to San Francisco. "I've been involved in every aspect of the boat design and operation. It will definitely bring new energy to our Fleet."

RocketBoat was built by Sunsplash Marina LLC in New Jersey, where it was loaded up with twin 16VM70 engines, each rated at 1410 horsepower and at 2100 rpm. The all-aluminum vessel uses water jets to achieve its top speed. RocketBoat is powered by a mixture of bio-diesel fuel, complementing Blue & Gold Fleet's status as the largest fleet of bio-diesel ferries and tour boats on San Francisco Bay.

Regular ticket prices are $26 for adults and $21 for children (11 and under). Group rates are always available and special discounts fares are being offered to kick-off the season. All passengers must be at least 40" tall to ride. Rocketboat's route and schedule are subject to Bay conditions. For video and photos and more information visit www.rocketboatsf.com.

Blue & Gold Fleet is the premier provider of ferry and water excursion services on the San Francisco Bay, offering the famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure Tour along San Francisco's waterfront. The company provides regular ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda and Oakland, and also offers motorcoach tours to some of the most picturesque sites in Northern California.

For more information, visit www.blueandgoldfleet.com.


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