Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip

With Traverse Tall Ship Co. you will make memories to last a lifetime aboard the 114’ schooner Manitou or the classic sailing yacht Scout, as we ply the spectacular waters of Grand Traverse Bay! The company was founded in 1987 with the mission of providing the highest quality customer service, and an affordable way for the average person to experience the thrill of sailing. 

Current owners, Capt. Dave and Mary McGinnis, first became involved with the company when Dave was hired to command the newly acquired schooner Manitou back in 1990. They assumed the mantle in 2004 and haven't looked back. Manitou's 2 hour sails (many of them themed), bed & breakfast packages, and multi-day windjammer cruises offer a wide variety of popular choices. 

After several years, Dave and Mary felt it was time to offer a more intimate and customized sailing option for those folks who might not want to be in a large group setting. So in June 2013 Sailing Yacht Scout joined the Tall Ship family, to great accolades from all who sailed aboard her! The 38 ft. Scout is ideal for a private group of six or fewer guests.  Because you are reserving the entire boat, we can work with you to design the ideal experience!

Traverse Tall Ship Co. is proud to have received a "Certificate of Excellence" from TripAdvisor.  Our vessels meet the rigorous standards of the US Coast Guard and State of Michigan and our licensed captains and crew act with the highest degree of professionalism.

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

We look forward to sailing with you in Traverse City!
248 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Excellent venue
Fri, Jun 26  5:30 PM Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Attended: Manitou Floating Bed and Breakfast
Enjoyed the trip greatly. The crew was very friendly and it was fun to get to know them a little bit and experience what it was like to sail on a vessel like our forefathers did.
Rating: 5
Marvelous manitou
Fri, Jun 26  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: Manitou Moomers Ice Cream Sail
Amazing and peaceful journey across the bay. Learned interesting details about the crew and the ship herself. A wonderful day!!
Rating: 5
Experience Windjamming on Grand Traverse Bay
Thu, Jun 25  6:30 PM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
Attended: Manitou Wine Tasting Cruise
Of course, this is just a windjammer sampler, but when the wind is right, as it was when we went, it is great! The catered Middle Eastern buffet and Michigan wine selections didn't hurt either!! If you try and enjoy the 2-hour version, you can sign up for 3+ day weekend sails with different themes. We did a wine-tasting sail several years ago and really enjoyed seeing the boat do her stuff. Go for it!
Rating: 5
Great food, great wine, great experience!
Thu, Jun 25  6:30 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Manitou Wine Tasting Cruise
This was the perfect way to spend an evening to with my date. The crew was engaging and the sailing was incredible. Absolutely recommend!!
Rating: 5
Beautiful Bay Views
Wed, Jun 24  3:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Manitou Moomers Ice Cream Sail
Wonderful opportunity to experience the wind and waves of Grand Traverse Bay. Awesome crew and family friendly sailing!