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A Different Type of Potion in Green Cove Springs

January 25, 2020 | All Posts, St. John’s River

Nepenthe, a sail boat
Come sail the St. Johns River

If you “google” Nepenthe you will learn that it was a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain and sorrow.

Although we do not have a potion in Green Cove Springs, we can recommend an escape with Captain Tom Johnson.

Licensed Captain
Tom is licensed for commercial chartering by the  US Coast Guard

Tom captains the Nepenthe, an aluminum sailing ketch he built in 2011.  Nepenthe is 64’ long, 17’ beam, draughts 7’ and has a hull speed of 10 kts.   She has two masts, an aux engine, generator, central heat/air, 2 heads, full galley, BBQ, and all necessary safety and navigational equipment for a successful voyage.

I spoke to Tom this morning about Nepenthe. It is a beautiful sailboat that he charters from a mooring in the St. Johns River at Green Cove Springs.

What I like is that Nepenthe has recently completed a rigorous WSCG safety inspection and that Tom is highly qualified.  He is a mechanical engineer and licensed for commercial chartering by the USCG for 100 Ton vessels, both sail and power on St. Johns River, the Jacksonville area and offshore.

64 ft. Sailboat
Nepenthe on the St. Johns River

Nepenthe has a spacious, stable deck and can accommodate up to 6 passengers in 2 private staterooms and 2 open berths.

Explore some options and then create your own experience.  Celebrate birthdays,  proposals, anniversaries, or even a life departed with a burial at sea.

Interior of sail boat
Beautifully crafted and functional interior

But WHY WAIT!  You don’t need an excuse or special occasion, just book your cruise to escape for a romantic sunset or a moonlight cruise.  Get a Gift Certificate for later or reserve your room now at River Park Inn and experience the beautiful St. Johns on this amazing sailboat.

The local’s discount will apply when you stay with us and sail from Green Cove Springs.  The price of $100/hour is the same for  2 people as it is for 6 so do the math and gather your friends. There is a three hour minimum. No smoking please but food and your favorite adult beverages are fine.

Hoisted Spinnaker
Full Sail Ahead


We will  pack your lunch at River Park Inn, if you like, and Captain Tom will meet you at the city pier just a block from River Park Inn and convey you to Nepenthe in his 12’ dinghy, a ride which is almost as much fun as the actual excursion




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