Traverse Tall Ship Company

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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!
219 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
captain and his crew worked very well together
Sun, May 24  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Manitou Noon Sail
captain brendan help make a memory for my 5 year old daughter erin that will last a lifetime. He allowed her to steer the ship. He taught her about portside, starboardside and the spokes on the wheel. He would give her a command, for example " 3 spokes to portside" and my daughter would do it. Your ship is very nice and we had an excellent experience.
Rating: 5
They did a great job.
Sun, May 24  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Individual
Attended: Manitou Noon Sail
They did a great job. there was not much wind but we still had a great time. very friendly crew.
Rating: 5
Sat, May 23  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Scout Overnight Package
Brett and Kyle gave us a great tour, ride. Expectations were met. Staff at the office were friendly and infomative. Really enjoyed this experience, and abiity to sleep over. Only thing went wrong was the key card not working to access showers and restroom.

Would definately like to repeat the visit.
Rating: 5
Great Sailing Trip!
Sat, Oct 11, 14  1:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: 2-Hour Private Cruise Aboard Scout
We took a short 2-hour excursion. The captain and crew (captain's daughter) were friendly, accomodating, and knew what they were doing. They made every efffort to ensure the trip was enjoyable. It was!

The bay was beautiful. So was the boat.

I'd highly recommend it.
Rating: 5
This was a great experience!!
Sat, Oct 4, 14  4:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Scout Overnight Package
The crew was wonderful. I did this as a surprise for my husbands 50th birthday. The crew was very helpful and instrumental in keeping the secret. They arranged for kids to arrive later after we were on the boat - my husband was very surprised! They were great at helping that happen! The boat was clean and comfortable, the bed was great. Overall it was an experience we will definitely repeat.