It wasn't so much a question of the tour including a ride on the J.C. It was a question of the tour having a portion dedicated to the J.C. While Tiki was down the Guide (not the Skipper) would give an informative history tour while you traveled in the boat. Special care was taken to ensure that the integrity of the show was maintained, the Guide would only stand up when the boat was out of view of others boats or guests. As to me, I haven't been on those docks as a Skip in over a year.
Now about the gloves, that concerns me. The reason for the gloves is specifically because the oils from one's skin can damage the paint (as explained by Disney Archives). I knew a lot of Guides who would use two when removing Ophelia, then slip one off and hold the mechanics in the back, while using the gloved hand to balance her and explain the painted details (and the reason for the glove).
The ride on the J.C. was only to go on the ride, really... no special trip or anything with extra history about the attraction. And I guess I won't be seeing you on the docks then haha.