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!
337 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
Wonderful Cruise
Sat, Jul 25  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Attended: Manitou Moomers Ice Cream Sail
Loved the whole thing. Could have passed on the participation part of the ropes, but that was okay. Good for younger people. Maybe give some history about the ship and how it is maintained and funded?
Rating: 5
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Sat, Jul 25  12:00 PM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
Attended: Manitou Noon Sail
More information on what we were seeing on Grand Traverse

Bay shores and information on the size, depth,etc of Grand

Traverse Bay.
Rating: 5
Great day on the Manitou!
Fri, Jul 24  6:30 PM Male 40-49 Combination Family Without Children
Attended: Manitou Evening Sail
We took the evening cruise on the tall ship Manitou on West Bay and had a great experience. Weather was perfect and the crew were friendly.
Rating: 4
Sunset Cruise
Fri, Jul 24  6:30 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Manitou Evening Sail
We had a great time on the Tall Ship Manitou. I got to experience the raising of the sails (it's harder than it looks), and the crew was great to talk with.
Rating: 5
A must do for Traverse City
Fri, Jul 24  6:30 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Manitou Evening Sail
This was one of the highlights of our vacation. The kids enjoyed it and even got to captain the ship and help host the sails. We did the evening sail, the picnic lunch was very satisfying and e managed to get good winds and calm waters. Beautiful end to our trip.