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Greetings! Well, we’ve wrapped up another terrific season aboard Manitou, and now we prepare for a very busy winter! Within the next couple of weeks we begin the process of tearing up her deck and laying down beautiful new Alaskan Yellow Cedar planking. This is a process that will take up the entire winter. Besides […]

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This was originally published by our friend Dianna over at Promote Michigan. When was the last time you just let go of all your deadlines and responsibilities and just kicked back to relax? Where the only distractions are the waves underneath you, the sunshine above you and the 360-degree views of the northern Lake Michigan […]

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Check out the great footage of Manitou from the Vagabrothers during their visit to Traverse City.  

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The perfect way to sail West Grand Traverse Bay A private 2-hour daysail aboard the Sailing Yacht Scout, a classic Cabo Rico 38 XL, with our new Captain — Captain Amber! Meet Captain Amber My name is Amber Ramsey. I am originally from Sanford, Florida, just a few miles outside of Orlando. Being the eldest of 4 daughters, […]

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As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary we’ve started gathering some great stories and feedback from past guests and we are looking forward sharing them here on the website and over on Facebook, like this one from Philip: Last summer, I rented a small sailboat on Lake Michigan, and had the pleasure of seeing the Manitou […]

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CELEBRATE WITH US! Traverse Tall Ship Co. is celebrating 30 years of sailing this season. To celebrate, we will be sharing photos and stories from current crew, former crew and we’d like to invite you to contribute to the season-long celebration. Got a Manitou Memory to share? We’d love to see and hear it (photos, videos, […]

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“A True Adventure” If you are looking for a unique and memorable way to experience Traverse City, consider our floating bed & 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 […]

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Greetings! As we write this, a cold October rain is beating down on the roof and a stripped down Manitou rolls at her dock in a big north swell. Within a week the winter house will be secured and she’ll be snug in her winter berth, waiting for the season to come. We have a […]

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“Remember, she has a delayed response so you have to anticipate where you want her to go, not react to what she does.  If you do that you’ll always be playing catch-up.”  Wise words from our Captain, but who is the “she” he refers to?  Why, Manitou of course!  I’m getting my first lesson in […]

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Part 1  For those of you who have yet to experience the joy, exhilaration and relaxation that are part and parcel of sailing a windjammer, we thought we’d give you a taste.  So let’s get a feel for a typical day aboard the Great Lakes windjammer Manitou. For starters, what the heck is a windjammer?  […]

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