The Poorman's OC '4 Under $6': An Enchanted Ocean Cruise '4 $1'!

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Welcome to another edition of The Poorman's OC '4 Under $6'. Each week I tell you how "You Can Enjoy The Good Life Without Spending Big Bucks!" Last week, it was 'Under $1' Taco Madness featuring 49 cent tacos and free pineapple juice at Tacos El Chavito in Huntington Beach. That Taco Truck Restaurant received a perfect 5 Poorstars rating (Every deal spotlighted in this column will get a rating from 0-5 Poorstars based on my Poorman's 'Cheap Scale Of Excellence'). The bar has been set! The pressure's on! How can I possibly top that this week? Well, here goes...

An Enchanted Ocean Cruise '4 $1'
Yes, it's true!!!! You can cruise the high seas like a "richman" (sort of) on the legendary Balboa Island Ferry for only $1. Since 1919, this small and intimate ferry boat that looks like a cross between a tug boat and mini barge has taken foot passengers, bikers, skaters, surfers, and a maximum of 3 vehicles across the Newport Bay from Balboa Island to the Newport Beach Balboa Peninsula and back. There are 3 of these "vessels", and the ride itself is only about 3-5 minutes total time and travels less than 1000 feet; but the view is absolutely amazing!!!!! Reaching a top speed of 4 miles an hour, you'll gaze at 100s of sailing vessels, birds, sea life, the Balboa Pavilion, Fun Zone, and even the house where John Wayne lived!!!! It's awesome!!!!! If you're on a date, for sure you'll score big! The boat is barely two feet off the ocean surface. I've taken this ride 100s of times, and never get tired of it.

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Your Captain and Crew, ages 18 and up (I'm guessing), are equally legendary. They're the total Newport Beach surf crowd, many looking like they just 'rolled out of the rack'. During 1 of my recent rides, I asked the dude steering the "ship" how he was doing. He responded "I am really hungover". That's your Captain!
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A few of my friends who knew I was doing this article asked a rather interesting question. "Have any cars ever slid off the Balboa Ferry into the Bay?" My 'crack' research team of me did an "extensive" investigation. The answer is yes! I have uncovered two separate incidents. The stories are memorable. Incident #1 One of the Captains told me a few years ago on Friday the 13th that a regular female customer driving a Mercedes got her high heel caught on the accelerator. Her car slammed into a mini van in front of her knocking the mini van through the Ferry barrier and into the 'drink'. It promptly sunk. Luckily, no one was inside the mini van when it was hit. No one was hurt, and the coastal police had the vehicle back on land within a few hours. Incident #2 Tom Crosson of Balboa Island tells his story. "I was driving a Volkswagen Beetle onto the Ferry way too fast with a passenger, my friend Brian. It had been raining, the decks were slick, and this happened in 1966 before the Ferry had safety gates. I tried to put on the brakes, but that little Bug hydroplaned right off the deck into the Bay. The second we hit the water, Brian said 'roll the windows up', and we did...and we floated...until he opened the door. The water rushed in, and we began to go down, down, down. We swam out of the Bug to safety. The Bug was salvaged. If Brian hadn't opened the door, we'd still be floating."
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There is no denying that this is one of the most unique experiences you'll ever have in Southern California. This ocean bay voyage will never be confused with a Norwegian or Carnival Cruise Line, but I would debate anybody that the 'coolness' factor is every bit as good if not better. And you can't beat the price! I give the Balboa Island Ferry a perfect 5 Poorstars in my 0-5 Poorstar 'Under $6' Ratings System. You won't get this experience anywhere else in the world!

Balboa Island Ferry. Board at: 410 S Bay Front, Balboa Island, Ca. 92662-1042 or the end of Palm Street, Balboa, Ca. 92661
FARES
Passengers
Adults $1 Children (5-11) $0.50 (Under 5) Freeeeeeee!!!!!!!
Vehicles
Car and Driver $2 Motorcycle and Driver $1.50 Bicycle and Adult $1.25 Bicycle and Child $0.75
HOURS
Sunday-Thursday 6:30 AM-MIDNIGHT Friday-Saturday 6:30 AM-2:30 AM

RATING: 5 Poorstars

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13 comments
Nick Izzi
Nick Izzi

...and the food on the Island...is just as cozy...

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Wendel wins the award for Head Furthest Up One's Own Ass Award

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Love it! I have lived in OC now for 33 years after moving her from Mexico and I never get tired of riding the ferry (with my bike).

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"I took my boat for a car...I took that car for a ride..." :-)

Looks like fun...and a far more "richer" experience than riding around in a silly Python car. ;-)


chriskeala
chriskeala

Loved reading this!! Can't wait till the next food adventure!

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

simple and cool, been on dat car and ss Pedestrian!

Wendel Burdine
Wendel Burdine

mabey your one of the diggers we all hate looking for strange only to come here and get your ass kick=ed inside out

Wendel Burdine
Wendel Burdine

a boor man runs his stupid fkn mouth like the riter of this paper i woulod fire your stupid ass

Wendel Burdine
Wendel Burdine

stand on the bow and stretch your hands like on titanic

Gabriel Torres
Gabriel Torres

Bamboo ferry, walk down the pier, the movies in Santa Ana at the MPM, then somewhat cheap food in downtown. Downtown Disney (tram ride is the best) UCSF Arboretum Independence Hall in BP. And the Elote man whenever you see him

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