Tall Ship Manitou


Sail Back in Time!

Step into "the age of sail" aboard this majestic replica of an 1800’s coasting cargo schooner. Manitou offers two hour sails, "Floating Bed & Breakfast", and multi-day Windjammer Cruises.


Sailing Yacht Scout


Cruise in Style!

Sail away on a luxurious private charter for up to 6 people.

Cruises range from 2 hours to a full day!


Floating Bed and Breakfast


Fresh air and starry nights abound from the decks of one of the largest traditional sailing vessels on the Great Lakes. You’ll experience one of the best vantage points on West Grand Traverse Bay. Join us on board for a two hour evening cruise. After the sail we return to our dock where you spend the overnight secured at our pier, followed by a hearty homemade full breakfast cooked on our wood burning stove in the morning.


Windjammer Cruises


“Hidden Treasure”… “Undiscovered Paradise”… phrases that are well suited for the island wilderness areas, charming coastal villages and sailing routes traveled by the tall ship Manitou in these “fresh water seas.” Pristine deserted sandy beaches capped by beautiful rolling hillsides… Clear, sparkling, swimmer-friendly waters… Wonderful sailing breezes… All are typical of this area.

Join us aboard Manitou for a unique adventure back in time. You will discover the beauty of northern Lake Michigan from the deck of this majestic sailing vessel while enjoying a level of relaxation rarely experienced in today’s frenzied world.


Specialty Cruises


What could be better than a sail on Grand Traverse Bay on a tall ship? How about sailing on Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying the Best Scoop of Ice Cream in America? Sampling wine along with regional cuisine? How about singing along to traditional sea chanteys with a Northern Michigan flair? All of these opportunities, and more, are available all summer long aboard the Manitou on one of our Specialty Cruises. Check out the listings below and find your new favorite activity. Make sure you book early, however – The specialty sails tend to fill up fast!



Entertainment Nights
Moomers Ice Cream Sails
Wine Tasting


Power Island
Wine & Water
Fireworks & Cherry Fesitval


Traverse Tall Ship News

May 24, 2018

Look Who’s Back — It’s Captain Amber!

Captain Amber joined Traverse Tall Ship Company last year as the captain of Sailing Yacht Scout, and we are happy to have her back again in 2018.  So…what has she been up to? After leaving Traverse City last fall she […]
May 14, 2018

Meet Rusty

When you call or arrive at the Traverse Tall Ship office, chances are you will be greeted by Rusty, our new Office Manager…let’s get to know him a little better. Name: Rusty Jones (Yes, that’s really my name!) Role: Office Manager […]
April 30, 2018

Meet the Manitou Crew – Cook Lexie

What do you get when you cross a classically trained ballerina with a culinary trained chef focused on farm-to-table?  You get Alexis “Lexie” Nelson, Manitou’s talented and easy-going Cook. Lexie started on the Manitou as a deckhand in 2011. The following […]