3-Hour Private Sunset Cruise Aboard Scout

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip
Activity #6987
  • Set sail for a 2-hour adventure of spectacular views on the sparkling waters of Grand Traverse Bay on our beautiful tall ship Manitou.

  • Come dance and enjoy drinks on Grand Traverse Bay with the band playing lively jigs, chanteys and ballads of sailing & life on the sea!

  • Join us for a relaxing 2-hour evening sail aboard our tall ship Manitou, as we cruise the breathtaking waters of Grand Traverse Bay.

  • Spend a night aboard the beautiful ship Manitou and wake up to a homemade full breakfast - best way to enjoy the Grand Traverse Bay!

  • Sail out of Traverse City on our majestic tall ship, learn about the rich history of the region and enjoy its picturesque landscapes!

  • Sail aboard the tall ship Manitou for an evening of amazing views of Traverse, refreshing lake air, superb local beer and hot pizza!

  • Board the majestic tall ship Manitou for a relaxing sunset cruise while sampling a medley of local wines as well as a delicious meal.

  • Sit back and relax with family & friends for an afternoon sail aboard our majestic tall ship Manitou and enjoy the finest ice cream!

  • Hop aboard our sailing yacht Scout for a 2-hour luxurious private sail and enjoy the magnificent view of Traverse City Riverfront.

  • Enjoy a 3-hour romantic sunset cruise followed by an overnight stay in the cozy double cabins aboard our classic sailing yacht Scout.

  • Board our gorgeous yacht Scout for an exclusive sail and enjoy Fireworks Show or the Cherry Festival Air Show in the best viewing area!

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Customer Rating:

5 out of 5
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Traverse Tall Ship Co. offers the premier day sailing experience in Traverse City!  Join us for a relaxing, entertaining, 3-hour Sunset Cruise aboard the classic sailing yacht Scout, as we cruise the spectacular waters of Grand Traverse Bay.
What You Can Expect:
  • We will sail lower West Grand Traverse Bay, affording a good view of the Traverse City waterfront, including landmarks such as the historic Park Place Hotel and the Great Lakes Maritime Academy with its 224 ft. training vessel, State of Michigan.  Depending on wind, we may get as far north as Power Island or Bowers Harbor.
  • You’re welcome to help raise the sails and steer the ship (great photo op!).
  • Our friendly captain and crew love to chat one-on-one and answer your questions in this casual and friendly environment.
  • All cruises on the Scout include complimentary soft drinks, snacks, fruit, and Moomers Ice Cream.
While aboard, you may participate as much, or as little, as you like. Sit back and relax or jump right in and help pilot this magnificent vessel. Take the wheel, set sails, and crank winches; we’re happy to teach you about sailing! Don’t forget to pack your bathing suits! If the weather is appropriate we have the option of stopping for a swim call!

During our cruise you’ll enjoy complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. In addition you’re welcome to bring your own alcoholic drinks aboard and stock them in our fridge. Feel free to pack a meal for the trip or, for added convenience, we have a list of catering options ranging from gourmet sandwich lunches to multi-course dinners.

After an evening of sailing aboard the beautiful Scout, you won't wait to come back for more!

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included in the price of your sail. However, tips are greatly appreciated by our hard working crew!  If you enjoy your experience and service, a 15-20% gratuity is appropriate.

Meeting Location

M-22, just north of downtown Traverse City (Traverse City, MI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
Pure Michigan at its most spectacular
Tue, Sep 22, 15  4:30 PM Male 70+ Combination Group of Friends
Beautiful ship, wonderful sailing experience, Captain Dave is a real gem. The weather was ideal.
Rating: 5
10 out of 10
Mon, Sep 21, 15  4:30 PM Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
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.
Rating: 5
Awesome Sail!
Fri, Jul 31, 15  6:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a blast with Captain Brett. He was a great host and felt like part of the family.
Rating: 5
Great night
Sun, Jul 5, 15  6:30 PM Unspecified Under 20 Unspecified Group of Friends
What a great experience to spend the evening sailing around Grand Traverse Bay. You should definitely plan on taking this trip.
Rating: 5
Terrific experience
Fri, Sep 26, 14  4:30 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The entire cruise was fantastic. Captain Dave and his daughter were marvelous hosts. Perfect in every way.
Rating: 5
Wed, Sep 3, 14  5:30 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Very much enjoyed our ride around the bay. Captain and hand mate were fun and friendly. Snacks on boat were delicious, especially the ice cream. Beautiful boat and beautiful ride!!
Rating: 5
sunset sail on a dream boat
Fri, Aug 22, 14  6:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Bret greeted us at the dock and welcomed us onto a Bristol shape Cabo Rico 38 with amazing Brazilian teak trim and rigging that belied its 20 year age. The care Bret shared with this boat was second only to the attention and accomodation he and first mate Kyle showed my family; we felt immediately at ease and relaxed. Beverages and snacks were offered,including some remarkable butter pretzels, our wine poured into great little spill-proof goblets and the sail was absolutely blessed with great conditions, gorgeous sky and enjoyable conversation with the attentive crew. Sailing upwind with me steering was pure joy. The well-found boat moved gracefully in moderate conditions and the good skipper allowed me the privilege of staying at the helm for the whole time. It had been almost 15 years since I sailed a monohull and the feel and balance were an immediate and intense joy. Didn't want to leave the wheel! This is a remarkable boat and a joy to journey with. My daughters and wife found several places to enjoy the ride from the front of the cabin to the two seats on the rear railing. Numerous snapshots of my grin, the beautiful boat and the trading of stories with the easy yet attentive crew left us as warm as the breeze that finally brought us back, wing and wing to the dock. The graceful boat and the gracious crew led to a grateful family! I heartily recommend Bret and Kyle, the beautiful Cabo and any amount of time you can share with them. It will be a great memory and instill a strong longing to return. Bret asked us to remind him of the delicious ice cream we were to be served at the end of the sail and for that he found and played "Sailing" ; another reason to hurry back to the good captain and crew!
Rating: 5
Relaxing on the Water
Thu, Aug 21, 14  6:00 PM Male 60-69 Combination Couple on a Date
The sailboat itself was beautiful, the views on the bay were gorgeous, and Captain Brett was so accommodating and offered pleasant conversation. He is obviously a pro at what he does and made the trip feel safe and fun. A great time. I highly recommend this activity for anyone of any age.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 16, 14  6:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
From the moment we met Captain Brett at the dock, to the moment we returned, it was an amazing experience. Scout is very well maintained. The views are stunning. Captain Brett and First Mate Kyle made our evening beyond memorable.

I would definitely put this on any list of activities to do in Traverse City, no matter how short or long you are staying.
Rating: 5
Fri, Jun 6, 14  6:30 PM Unspecified 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The excursion was all I had hoped for. A quiet evening ride on a beautiful boat in a beautiful setting. The crew was knowledgeable, welcoming and knew the line between giving good service and giving space. The boat is a work of art and well maintained. Our outing was a serene sunset cruise with a gentle wind. All in all a very pleasant experience.
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Do I need to book tickets in advance?
While we can sometimes accommodate last minute sign-ups, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space. Book online or over the phone using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
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. However, we will sail in light rain or showers.
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.
What is your cancellation policy?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
What should I bring with me?
It gets a bit chilly out on the water near sunset so you may want to bring a light jacket or sweater. Also, if you don't feel like just having a light snack, feel free to bring additional snacks and beverages. Also feel free to bring alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on board, we can help keep things cool in our cooler. Please don't bring any hard-sided coolers on board, we don't have the room to stow them.
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!
Is there an age limit for these sails?
While there is no age limit for the sails, all attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Are children and infants allowed to attend? Do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
Per USCG regulations all guests must be counted as passengers. Please keep in mind that this includes children and toddlers.
Is your sailboat safe?
Scout meets or exceeds all U. S. Coast Guard and State of Michigan 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?
Because of Scout’s size as a smaller vessel, seasickness is a concern for some passengers. While our sailing grounds in Grand Traverse Bay are well protected from most wind directions which keeps the water relatively calm, please take the necessary precautions before boarding the boat.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with a bathroom that is accessible at all times. We call them "marine heads" and they are unlike the bathrooms you use at home. Using a marine head involves pumping, and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our sail?
Don't worry, we won't melt! Trips with a little wetness have proven to be some of the most memorable bonding experiences for our guests. (This all depends on attitude of course...) We have ponchos available for all of our guests in the case we are caught in a rain-shower.
Is the boat handicap accessible?
Unfortunately due to its small size, Scout is not handicap accessible. Please take a look at our sails on Manitou, as the boat is larger and can accommodate manual wheelchairs, which we do have on the premises if you only have a battery powered one.
Are any food or drinks included in the sail?
All cruises on Scout include complimentary soft drinks, snacks fruit, and Moomers Ice Cream.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
You may bring your own food, but space considerations do not allow large hard plastic coolers to be brought aboard Scout. Remember that all cruises on Scout include complimentary soft drinks, snacks, fruit, and Moomers Ice Cream. You may bring your own alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, but no hard-sided coolers.
Is there a place to sit? Is seating assigned?
There are several seating options aboard, including our cozy cushioned cockpit.
Is smoking permitted?
No. Smoking in not permitted anywhere on our vessels or property.
Do you have life jackets?
Per U. S. Coast Guard regulations, adult and child life jackets are available. You are not required to wear life jackets, but are welcome to if you like. Younger children may be required to wear a life jacket.
Are pregnant women allowed to attend the sail?
Yes, pregnant women are welcome aboard.
Should I tip the captain and crew?
Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 15%- 20% gratuity is appropriate if you are happy with the performance of the captain and crew.
Can I stow anything on the boat?
We have space below if you have items you need to stow.
Do you allow strollers onboard?
Strollers may be used on the Tall Ship Manitou as long as the wheels lock. However, there is not space available for strollers on the Sailing Out Scout.
Where do I park?
Parking at our ticket office, located down the road from Scout's dock, to check in. After you check in at our office we will direct you to Scout's dock. Parking is free.
Can I bring my dog or pet?
Pets, other than documented service animals, are not allowed aboard the vessel.
Do you have any additional food items available for purchase?
Yes, we do! After booking your private Scout sail you will be given information about contacting us directly in order to coordinate additional food from our catering menu. If you have any questions about the catering menu prior to booking, please contact us directly by clicking on the "Contact TravTallShip" link to the left of the page.
Are gift certificates available for this sail?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this sail, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Other Policies

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive a full refund.

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Captain Dave McGinnis has been sailing traditionally rigged passenger vessels for almost 29 years, and has owned Traverse Tall Ship Co. for over 10 years. He has dedicated his life to sailing and introducing people to the world of tall ships.

Manitou Captain, Brendan O'Donnel, has been involved with Traverse Tall Ship Co. since 2008. He has risen from the rank of deckhand all the way to licensed captain. Manitou is Dave's baby, and he trusts Brendan completely. There can be no higher endorsement!

Scout Captain, Brett Derr, enters his fifth year with Traverse Tall Ship Co. He is the perfect host for your private group and will ensure that you have a most memorable experience.

Traverse Tall Ship Co. has been featured in countless media including:  Midwest LivingThe Chicago TribuneUnder the Radar Michigan, and The Grand Rapids Press. We are proud recipients of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" award for 2013.

“This was our first experience with sailing and we both just loved it.” - saphire812

“The crew was super friendly to adults and children and it was a lovely view.” – Noel 
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