What does a high-energy family from the Caribbean do to channel their inner spirit — they build a pirate ship and make it Lake Conroe’s newest attraction.

Leroy and Joan Herbert, owners of 1097 Watersports, will launch the Jolly Pirate Ship on its inaugural voyage Friday followed by a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with voyages taking sail at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. that day.

The pirate ship has already taken on a life of its own as residents around Lake Conroe watched the ship take shape at the family’s second business, Window and Door Works.

“Literally one day, he came one day and said, ‘I’m going to build a pirate ship,’” Soraya Herbert said of her father. “He is an extremely talented and imaginative man and has come up with some amazing ideas over the years and this is his best one yet.”

Soraya said her father had recognized the lack of family-friendly attractions on Lake Conroe that offer a unique adventure. However, when a client gifted Leroy a small pirate ship replica, he knew he found the answer.

“Within two years with some local vendors it was built,” Soraya said. “It was all his design and brain that built the pirate ship.”

The unique 44-foot replica of an ancient galleon started from an old houseboat Leroy purchased in Galveston. The pirate ship is equipped with two mounted pirate cannons, a sound and lighting system, a below-deck galley complete with a satellite drinking bar, space for entertainment, restrooms and covered seating.

The Jolly Pirate Ship will offer several different options for guests including 90-minute adventure voyages, private party excursions, sunset and evening voyages around Lake Conroe.

The Adventure Voyage, Soraya said, offers passengers an interactive journey to a time long ago, to the beginning of the development of Lake Conroe, with a fictional fantasy tale brought to life where the lake is explored and the long-lost treasures of Lake Conroe are discovered.

The voyage incorporates all things pirate including treasure hunting, sword fights, singing, dancing and water cannons, which passengers will use.

“Lake Conroe is one of the premier attractions in our community,” said Shannon Overby, director of Visit Conroe. “The Jolly Pirate Ship is sure to be a great new family-friendly addition to the offerings on the lake. Visit Conroe looks forward to helping them promote their events and rental opportunities.”

The Herbert family hopes the Jolly Pirate Ship will continue to make Lake Conroe a destination.

“We are a high-energy family,” Soraya said. “We are really excited to see where this can go, what it can bring to the community.”

Founded in 2017 and originally located off FM 1097, 1097 Watersports has been offering residents and lake visitors watersport day rentals, packages and sunset cruises. The business has now moved to its new location at 14970 Texas 105 near Lake Conroe Park.

Learn more about the Jolly Pirate Ship Adventures at www.1097watersports.com/jollypirate and follow the attraction through photos and updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/1097watersports.

cdominguez@hcnonline.com

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