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!
471 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Enjoyed Every Minute!
Mon, Oct 5  4:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Scout Overnight Package
My husband and I purchased the Sunset Cruise/Overnight Stay aboard Scout to celebrate our 17th Wedding Anniversary and it was fantastic! Everything about this experience was top-notch! Captain Dave was everything you could hope for in a Captain - friendly, knowledgeable, entertaining, accommodating, and oh so patient while answering our litany of questions. As for Scout herself, she was beautiful! Her woodwork gleamed (inside & out) and she was provisioned with everything that we could need to make our stay comfortable & enjoyable. It is apparent that Captain Dave takes great pride in his fleet and in providing an exceptional customer experience. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone, but especially to couples looking for a romantic getaway!
Rating: 5
Even the non-sailors had a great time!
Fri, Oct 2  1:00 PM Unspecified 70+ Combination Group of Friends
Attended: 2-Hour Private Cruise Aboard Scout
Of the six in our group, only one person was an experienced sailor. Each and every one had a marvelous time. We felt perfectly safe with Captain Brent. The Moomer's ice cream was frosting on the cake. Our age range was 74 to 85.
Rating: 5
Captain Dave is great and fun! Enjoyed the trip!
Thu, Sep 24  1:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: 2-Hour Private Cruise Aboard Scout
Captain Dave is great and fun! Enjoyed the trip!
Rating: 5
Pure Michigan at its most spectacular
Tue, Sep 22  4:30 PM Male 70+ Combination Group of Friends
Attended: 3-Hour Private Sunset Cruise Aboard Scout
Beautiful ship, wonderful sailing experience, Captain Dave is a real gem. The weather was ideal.
Rating: 5
10 out of 10
Mon, Sep 21  4:30 PM Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: 3-Hour Private Sunset Cruise Aboard Scout
David, captain and owner of "Scout", was the consummate professional in terms of educating us about safety, knowledge about the area, and was happy to let us either converse with him or with ourselves. We ended up talking with him most of the time, as he was quite affable and interesting. It was a perfect day for being out on the bay, David managing all the zigs and zags, while we sipped our cocktails and enjoyed the breeze and the views.

We both highly recommend this tour! Only negative was how fast the time flew.