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Manitou’s Frequently Asked Questions

The forecast says 30% chance of rain, will it rain on my sail?

This is a common summer forecast in this area. The majority of time we will see little or no precipitation. We watch the weather radar carefully and will cancel in the event of extended periods of heavy rain.

What should I bring with me?

We strongly recommend sunscreen and a hat. If you’re on the Noon Cruise feel free to pack a picnic lunch. Please leave beverages and coolers ashore. We do have a bar aboard with a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

What should I wear?

Even at the height of summer it’s usually cooler on the water. We recommend having a jacket or sweater with you. All passengers should wear rubber soft-soled sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals. No high-heels please!

What is your cancellation policy?

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Cancellations received outside of the 48 hour period will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled sail and Traverse Tall Ship Co. is not able to re-book your space you will be charged the full amount.

Should I tip the captain and crew?

Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 15% gratuity is appropriate if you are happy with the performance of the captain and crew.

What happens if there is bad weather?

If Traverse Tall Ship Co. cancels because of bad weather (thunderstorms, heavy rain for extended periods etc.) you may reschedule your sail or receive a full refund.

Do I need to make a reservation in advance?

While we can sometimes accommodate last minute sign-ups, we highly recommend making reservations in advance.

Do children or infants count as a passenger?

Per USCG regulations all guests must be counted as passengers.

Is your sailboat safe?

Manitou meets or exceeds all U. S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment, and electronics for vessels in passenger service. The U. S. Coast Guard licensed captain has many years of experience and you can rest assured of being in good hands.

Will I get seasick?

You are unlikely to get seasick. Manitou’s size and construction generally translate into an easy motion. In addition, our sailing grounds in Grand Traverse Bay are well protected from most wind directions.

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