June 2018 Newsletter: Get Ready to Set Sail as Sightseeing Tours Begin!
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All Aboard for Sightseeing Tours!
With June comes the excitement of long summer days loaded with endless outdoor fun! Be sure to include a Diamond Jack’s sightseeing tour as part of your summer outdoor activities this year! We will be setting sail starting Thursday, June 7th from both our Detroit and Wyandotte docks. Our two-hour narrated sightseeing tours will be running every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday departing at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM … Rain or shine. No passport required.
There’s nothing like a breezy cruise along the Detroit River with breathtaking views of the GM Renaissance Center, Ambassador Bridge, Boblo Island, waterfront mansions and more! Enjoy drinks and snacks from our bar on board and experience the city of Detroit like you never have before.
Get in on our June Coupon while it’s still available! Save 25% on all sightseeing tours, Thursday-Sunday at either dock! Visit our coupon page for more details and to grab yours today!
Detroit River Days Festival
The 12th annual Detroit River Days Festival will be taking place June 22-24, 2018 and we can’t wait to take part in it once again! This year, River Days will be featuring exciting family-friendly activities and performances all weekend long including air shows, zip lining, a performance by Kool & the Gang and so much more!
Visit us at the Detroit Rivard Plaza Dock during the festival days as we will be open to the public for 1-hour tours! $10 for adults and just $5 for children! No reservations needed. Boats will be boarded first come, first served. Coupons can not be applied.
*Detroit cruises are SOLD OUT on Thursday, June 21st and Friday, June 25th for fireworks. Wyandotte cruises will run on normal schedule.
Diamond Jack’s Photo Contest
Diamond Jack’s photo contest is back again for 2018! Share a photo from your last cruise with us using #SailDiamondJack for a chance to win 2 FREE tickets! Get your cameras ready starting June 7th!
Here’s how to enter:
- Post your favorite photo aboard a Diamond Jacks’ sightseeing tour on Facebook using hashtag #SailDiamondJack.
- Each week, we’ll go through all of the submitted photos and choose one lucky winner!
- We will get in touch with the winner and send the free tickets.
- One entry per person.
With free WiFi available on all three of our boats, you can now enter the Photo Contest instantly while on board! We can’t wait to see all your sailing photos!
Meet the Fleet Engineer: Jon-Paul Kubala
Our Diamond Jack’s fleet engineer, Jon-Paul Kubala, is a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and has been a valuable member of our team! We rely on Jon-Paul to keep all of our boats running smoothly and safely. We asked him your questions and he answered!
Q: How often does the oil need to be changed on the boats?
A: Every 500 hours is the rule of thumb, but with a good lubrication oil analysis program the hours can be stretched further to get the most use out of the oil.
Q: How many gallons of oil does the boat need?
A: Depending on the boat, we need between 60-100 gallons of oil.
Q: What is the most expensive part of a boat that needed to be repaired or has been lost in the water?
A: With a good preventative maintenance program installed we have kept repair costs low but like any machine, repairs are needed occasionally. The Main Engine and Transmission are the most important part of the boat and can be costly depending on repair.
Q: Are there any environmentally friendly measures taken when maintaining/conducting the boat?
A: Being environmentally friendly is a top priority since we all like to keep the beautiful waters we work on clean. Everything that is pumped off from the boat is put into a tank and later on processed at a facility whether it is oil, antifreeze coolant, bilge water, or waste water. If it did not come from the water, it does not go into the water.
Q: What is the top speed your boats can go? And how are knots measured in terms of miles per hour?
A: Our boats can go anywhere between 10-12 knots, depending on the water current and weather conditions. A knot is measured based on nautical miles which takes in effect the curvature of the earth and is longer than a statute mile, the mile we are all used to using. So 1 knot is equal to 1.15 MPH.
Ask The Captain a Question!
Do you have questions for the Captain? We have answers! Submit your questions to email@example.com. Whether you’re curious about the innerworkings of a boat or have any other sailing-related inquiries, we’ll provide you with answers straight from one of our captains. Each month, we will pick 5 winners and publish those questions (with the answers) on our next newsletter and on our website! The winners will receive two free tickets for a scenic cruise with Diamond Jack’s River Tours!