As of May 26th an unforeseen delay in dock modifications to support the new tour boat has also delayed our ability to offer public cruises. Please check back with us often for updates. We are hopeful to be cruising by the end of June. We apologize for the inconvenience.
At this time we are working on the online ticket purchasing platform. We hope to have it up and running by May 27th.
In the meantime, please call the Owlet at 724.368.9185 if you are interested in purchasing cruise tickets.
Public cruises will begin May29th and be held at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Advanced purchase is suggested. COVID precautions are in place.
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See below for FAQs about the new Preston's Pearl
How big is the new boat? – The new boat is constructed as a pontoon style boat with 4-ft diameter flotation pontoons. The boat is 16.5-ft wide and 51-ft long with the engines extending an additional 3-ft from the back of the pontoons.
What is it called? – The MPF has been named Preston's Pearl The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau sponsored the naming rights for the next five years. A contest was held and a name was chosen from over 1,100 submissions!
Who built it? – The new tour boat was built by Sailabration Houseboats, Inc. located in Powell Tennessee (a suburb of Knoxville Tennessee). Sailabration Houseboats is a small custom boat manufacturer. Sailabration Houseboats has been manufacturing houseboats for 20-years and has boats located throughout the United States.
What will it be used for? – The new MPF tour boat will continue the legacy from the first tour boat where it will be utilized for school/educational cruises, general public cruises during the weekends, periodic weekend dinner cruises and is available for charter to celebrate a special event.
How was it funded? – The new MPF tour boat was funded through a combination of MPF savings accumulated over 10-years; corporate sponsors: Butler County Tourism, Peoples Gas, MSA, NexTier, J Gray Corp and AK Steel; several individuals and financing through NexTier back and the Federal SBA EIDL program.
Why is it on the water now?– The new boat was launched on Thursday October 22, 2020 to allow for testing and training in preparation of the 2021 operating season. Unfortunately, the delivery of the boat did not allow for receipt of public watercraft certification or other preparations to be completed to allow for public cruise operation during the 2020 operating season.
When will it be available for cruises? – Public cruises will start on Memorial day weekend of 2021(currently delayed). Watch the Moraine Preservation Facebook page for details.
How fast does it go? – The new tour boat was designed to have two commercial rated outboard engines. These commercial engines will provide MPF with an anticipated longer life engine and maintenance costs. Cruises will be performed with the engines running at an approximate 2,800-rpm engine speed for fuel efficiency and comfort of our passengers. This equates to approximately 10-mph, the boat is capable of speeds nearly double that which would only be utilized in an emergency situation.
How many people will be able to cruise at one time? – The new tour boat was designed to have a 50-passegner capacity plus a crew of a minimum of two (captain and first mate).
Is that a second tier? – One of the exciting features for the new boat is the open upper deck area. While passengers will not be allowed to be on the upper deck during docking operations or inclement weather, the upper deck will be available to enhanced viewing while the boat is safely underway, at the discretion of the captain and crew.
How much will cruises be in the spring? - See below for pricing information
Where do I buy tickets ?– As we near the seasons beginning (May 2021) please check back here for links to ticket purchasing or call the Owlet Gift Shop at 724.368.9185
Can I rent the tour boat for a private charter? – The new boat will be available for charter cruises matching our 1.5-hour cruise length or more. This is a fabulous way to experience a private cruise on the lake with a captain and first mate to for a special event such as a birthday party, anniversary, wedding celebration or corporate event. Catering and special activities can be scheduled as part of the cruise. We recommend contacting our Owlet Gift Shop to discuss the many options available.
Come and take a ride on Preston's Pearl, a 50-passenger enclosed pontoon boat and Moraine State Park’s premier attraction, now featuring a second floor open air deck. Enjoy learning about the area’s natural history and osprey reintroduction, while appreciating the unique scenery and wildlife on an exciting trip around Lake Arthur. Boat tours operate on a regular schedule throughout the summer and are open to the public. Tickets are required and can be purchased online or at the Owlet Gift Shop.
Preston's Pearl boards at the McDanels Boat Launch, adjacent to the Gift Shop. Preston's Pearl is handicap accessible. Boat will sail with minimum of 10 passengers. There are limited bathroom facilities onboard, so early arrival is suggested to allow use of modern restroom facilities.
Preston's Pearl offers enjoyable brunch and dinner cruises for the public as well as private charters for business meetings, wedding showers, baby showers, seminars, reunions, and parties. Call us today to schedule your reservation!
Environmental programs are also available aboard Preston's Pearl - great for homeschoolers, scouts and classrooms.
ONLINE TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE. Tickets are also available at The Owlet up to one hour before cruise time.
2021 CRUISE RATES
- Adults $15
- Seniors (over 62) $13
- Children $8 (Children 3-12 must be supervised)
- Children 2 and under are free
- Military Discount $13
2021 SUMMER SCHEDULE
• Saturdays & Sundays 1PM
2021 FALL SCHEDULE
• Saturdays & Sundays 1PM and 3PM
Offered throughout the summer and fall. Call for details or check our website regularly for information.
DINING CRUISES( pricing subject to change)
Reservations are required seven days in advance. Catering by Artisan Catering with Chef Jeremy Green . Pizza cruises by Pizza Joes in Portersville.
- Dinner Cruises - $30
- third sat. of each month
- call for sail times
- Brunch Cruise- $25
- third sun. of each month
- sail time 11am
- Box Lunch - $22
- Includes fully prepared sandwich, two sides and a cold drink. Call for dates.
- Pizza Cruise - Wednesday evenings at 5:00PM - Jun-Aug.
PRIVATE CHARTER CRUISES
Rent the Nautical Nature for your special event! Perfect for birthday parties, showers and business meetings.
- Charters are priced at $250 per hour with a one hour minimum.
- Additional minutes may be added at a rate of $100 per 30 minutes
- Catering options availableat additional cost
- State law prohibits alcohol.
WEEKDAY CRUISESCall for information. We often book cruises during the week that are open to the public.
**Passengers are permitted on board no earlier than 30 minutes prior to cruise**
**All passengers must check in and obtain tickets from the Owlet Gift Ship 20-30 minutes prior to boarding (includes prepaid reservations)**
Weekend cruise tickets can be ordered online, or by calling the Gift Shop at 724-368-9185. Tickets for dinner, box lunch, and pizza cruises are available by calling or visiting the Owlet Gift Shop. Mastercard and Visa accepted. Tickets are non-refundable (please review cruise policy). All Specialty and Dining Cruises must have paid reservations minimum 1 week prior to event.