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Be part of the excitement by supporting our first season offering unique perspectives of Portland from the water.
Be part of the excitement by supporting our first season offering unique perspectives of Portland from the water.
71 backers pledged $6,300 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks Kickstarter!  We're funded!  Go to www.PortlandBoatTours.com to see how we're doing now!

Imagine Touring the Willamette River on a Classic Wooden Boat
This summer I'm starting a business in Portland, Oregon called Portland Boat Tours. This has been a dream that I've been passionate about for some time. It doesn’t get much better than floating on the river in a wooden boat and I want to be able to offer this experience to a broader group of people who may not have had access to such an important perspective on our city.

This Kickstarter project invites you to come along with Portland Boat Tours for our inaugural season and participate in a real way in the story and excitement of the startup of this endeavor. The American dream is alive and well and you can help see it unfold firsthand!

The focus of this project will be a self published book detailing the first season of operation of our fledgling company. It will include the challenges and rewards of starting a small business, some "how-to" of what we did to get it going, and some of the stories from the first passengers on the tours as they uniquely experience Portland from the Willamette River for the first time.

I'm excited and I want you to be able to share in this project and be a part of it. Whether that means pre-ordering for the business and taking a tour of Portland with me this summer or connecting through reading a book or blog about the experience, I know that I need your support for this project to be a success.

The way Kickstarter works is that if I don't get the full $5000 pledged by the deadline, you aren't charged and I get nothing. It also works the other way and you’ll find many examples of projects on this site that more than meet their goal. I would be eternally thankful if you made this project one of those.  Because of how kickstarter works, your support for this project ensures that Portland Boat Tours is successful this summer and that there’s a story to tell in the book.

How will your pledge be used?The bulk of the money will be used to complete getting the business off the ground. The final remaining items to do that are: obtaining a captain’s license, marine insurance, business licensing and fees, some boat maintenance, printing/postage/promotion, fuel, CPR/FirstAid/Physicals, and dock fees. I also need money to provide the great rewards listed on the right of your screen including publishing of the book for you to enjoy.

Thank you for investing your time in learning about this project and choosing to make it a success. I hope you're as excited as I am.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A Portland Boat Tours bumper sticker and access to our blog to track our progress.

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    An invitation to a dockside kickoff party Memorial Day weekend 2012 including a 15 minute preview boat tour and bumper sticker.

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    This is a pre-order for the business giving you a 75 minute private boat tour for $50 per person.

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    You get a hard copy of the book, an invitation to the kickoff party (including preview tour), and a bumper sticker.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    "I want it all." You get a hard copy of the book, a 75 minute private boat tour, an invitation to the kickoff party, and a bumper sticker.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You get a special thank-you tour during the Portland Blues Festival the 4th of July weekend, a signed copy of the book, an invitation to the kickoff party, and a bumper sticker.

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    Pledge $900 or more About $900

    "The Captain's Club" - Your generous donation provides the single largest need to make Portland Boat Tours a success this summer (the captain's license). You get a signed copy of the book, a private tour of your choice for you and your friends, an invitation to the kickoff party, and a bumper sticker.

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Funding period

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