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Well, it’s been a whirlwind of activity at the Tall Ship Company over these last few months! In addition
to schooner Manitou’s annual start-up ritual we’ve been immersed in the daunting but exciting task of purchasing, delivering, prepping and now chartering our new vessel, Scout. Capt. Dave has pretty much been eating, sleeping and breathing Scout since February. But with Manitou in the capable hands of Capt. Brendan, First Mate Brett, and our exceptional crew, Dave has been able to rest easy knowing that his other “baby” is well taken care of.
On Saturday, June 8 Capt. Dave and his wife Mary were joined by friends and delivery crew Caleb Park and Meghan Yeiter, stepping aboard Scout for the first time as proud owners! This moment
marked the culmination of over three months of planning, negotiating, setbacks, and breakthroughs, not to mention navigating the regulatory and financial maze surrounding the creation of a new business. After settling aboard and getting to know this new member of our family Dave, Caleb, and Meghan cast off lines and waved goodbye to Mary (who had the decidedly less fun task of driving supplies and equipment back home) as we set off from St. Clair Shores, MI and began the journey to Traverse City.
Scout and her crew got a taste of everything during the 4 1/2 day odyssey: A river, three lakes, island anchorages, plagues of bugs, fog, rain, calms, clear skies and screaming winds! It was an excellent shakedown cruise, and by the time we reached our berth at CenterPointe Marina we could already tell that we had an exceptionally seaworthy and spectacular vessel under our feet.
The last legs of our journey proved the most meaningful for Capt. Dave. 17 year old son Sam and 12 year old daughter Alaina joined the crew in Mackinaw City, followed by a touch-and-go pick up of Mary in Northport. With the whole McGinnis family together aboard Scout, we slipped into our Traverse City dock on the evening of June 13, a bit tired but ready for this new adventure!