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Daysails

Two-Hour Manitou Daysails

This was our first experience with sailing and we both just loved it.” – saphire812

manitou-port-tackCome and join us for a relaxing, entertaining, two hour cruise aboard the schooner Manitou. The ship sails three times daily from her dock on West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. Once clear of the dock, guests are invited to help set Manitou’s 3000 square feet of sail, the engine BX6A1885is shut off, and the ship glides along under wind power alone. There is no set route, no destination, no hurry. Wind and waves alone will determine our course during the voyage, the expert captain and crew guiding the ship to provide you with the best possible experience. You can sit back and take it all in, or become involved with the sailing of the vessel, assisting the crew with the lines or perhaps even taking a turn at the wheel if conditions allow. Beverages and snacks are available on board for purchase on all cruises. In addition, our Moomers Sail offers two scoops of delicious, locally-made Moomers ice cream, and the Evening Sail includes a “picnic meal” of a turkey wrap (vegetarian option available), pasta salad, cookie and a complimentary beverage.

Manitou Daysail Schedule    “Awesome, so much fun. Great crew!!!! Enjoyed the sail immensely!” – Sammie O.

Noon Sail – Departs daily at 12:00, returning at 2:00 PM. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. Passengers are welcome to bring along a simple lunch (sandwiches etc.)  DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS NO COOLERS ARE PERMITTED. Please leave beverages ashore.

Moomers Sail – Departs daily at 3:00 PM, returning at 5:00 PM. Snacks and beverages available for purchase, two scoops ofphoto1 (1) Moomers Ice Cream (voted “#1 Scoop of Ice Cream in America” on Good Morning America) are included in the ticket price.

Evening Sail – Departs Monday, Friday and Saturday*, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Snacks and beverages available for purchase, picnic meal included in ticket price.
Our Specialty Cruises take place on the remaining evening sails.

Schedules are subject to change, and due to charters or other special events, certain voyages might not be available at their regularly scheduled time. If you are interested in a specific date and time, please check the schedule.

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Advance purchase highly recommended!

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Sailing with Us   

“Sail was highlight of Traverse trip!” – WestSideGal

Please check in at the office located across the street from the ship at the Discovery Center Great Lakes a minimum of 30 minutes before your scheduled sailing time to receive your boarding pass. If you have not checked in by this time, you may forfeit your reservation. Once you have received your pass, you will be shuttled to the ship. The ship casts off promptly at the scheduled time and we cannot delay the cruise for latecomers.

Other things to consider:

  • Dress warmly. It is often a fair bit cooler out on the water compared to the temperature on shore.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. The ship will sail in all weather so long as the captain feels there are no safety concerns. Tie down your hat on windy days, wear sun protection on sunny days, and bring a rain jacket on rainy days. NO UMBRELLAS ALLOWED!
  • There is a bar with drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks), complimentary water and snacks available on board. Please leave coolers on shore. Purchases on board can be made with cash, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
  • Gratuities to the crew are appreciated.

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Scout Daysails    

Our romantic adventure aboard Scout couldn’t have been more perfect!” – RebeccaF1951

The classic yacht Scout will whisk you away on a luxurious private cruise for up to 6 guests. Sail the spectacular waters of Grand Traverse Bay for a few hours or take the whole day and head over the horizon. Perhaps you’d like to drop anchor and explore Power Island. Scout is yours while you’re aboard. We cater this adventure to your wishes. Make the most of it!

All cruises include complimentary soft drinks, snacks and fruit. Feel free to pack a picnic, or choose from our catering menu for an additional fee

ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE BYOB (applies to yacht Scout only)                      Scout sun (1 of 1)-2-2

2 HOUR CRUISE                                             $299/$229 in September
Lower West Grand Traverse Bay

Add Additional Hours (9 hr. sail max.)      $100 per hr./$70 in September
Relax and take the whole day to explore!

POWER ISLAND PACKAGE (6-7 hrs.)         $725
Enjoy a spectacular sail to Power Island, where you may go ashore to enjoy hiking, picnicking, sunbathing, rock hunting and swimming.  A relaxing sail back to “civilization” completes this memorable experience.  This option is an ideal family adventure!

Scout Daysail Reservations    “Thank you, great end to a wonderful stay in T. C.”

Advance purchase required!

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Check availability & buy tickets:
Traverse Sailing Cruise
Or call Zerve at (888) 959-2655

If interested in a customized sail aboard the Scout, please contact us directly at (800) 678-0833 or (231) 941-2000.

Or, email us at manitou@tallshipsailing.com.


Advance purchase
highly recommended!
Book early to guarantee your space!

buy tickets at zerve
Get more info and book:
Traverse, MI Sailing Trip
Or call Zerve at (888) 959-2655.

Check our sail calendar
for availability!

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