Scout Overnight Package

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip
Activity #6992
  • 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.

  • Set Sail from downtown Traverse City for a 3-hour private sunset cruise of wonderful views aboard our gorgeous 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!

Our season typically runs May-October. Please check back soon for next season's schedule of events!

For more information, please contact TravTallShip.


Traverse Tall Ship Co. offers the premier day sailing experience in Traverse City!  Enjoy a 3-hour sunset sail aboard Scout followed by a romantic night tucked away at our dock in Center Pointe Marina. After returning from our sail, the crew departs, leaving you to enjoy a private and peaceful night afloat. Walk down the dock to enjoy an evening cocktail at Harbor 22, head to town for a little night life, or just enjoy the tranquility of life aboard your yacht. Awake in the morning to a full breakfast served on board (if available).

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.
  • 3-hour sunset sail on the evening of departure.
  • A private overnight at the dock, with the boat all to yourselves.
  • Breakfast is included for Tuesday - Saturday night bookings.  However, Sundays, Mondays, and during the months of September and October, breakfast is not included.  The rate is adjusted accordingly.
Scout can accommodate up to 4 people in two cozy double cabins. Stepping down below you are instantly immersed in a symphony of light colored teak. There is a head (bathroom) and shower, plus you have access to the marina bathroom/shower facilities and lounge. Amenities include: Flat screen TV with DVD player, stereo system, and full galley, including refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.

During the sail, 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!

While cruising 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.

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.)
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?
Since you will be staying overnight, make sure to bring toiletries, change of clothes, and any extra food you think you will need. We strongly recommend sunscreen and a hat. All alcoholic beverages are BYOB. Please leave large hard plastic coolers ashore.
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 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.
Will I be able to shower the next morning?
You will have full 24 hour access to CentrePointe Marina facilities, including showers and boarters lounge.
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 ship 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?
Overnight cruises include breakfast. However, Sunday and Monday night stays are offered at a reduced rate and do not include breakfast. Reduced rate overnight cruises in September do not included breakfast. All cruises on Scout include complimentary soft drinks, snacks, Moomers Ice cream, and fruit.
What is included in breakfast?
Coffee, tea and juice are available at all times on Scout. The breakfast menu is always changing but may include: Fresh pastry, bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, fresh fruit, yogurt, home fries.... The list goes on and on.
Do you have an alternative meal option for vegetarians?
Yes, we have vegetarian options those who would prefer it. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
You may bring your own food, but space considerations do not allow hard, plastic coolers to be brought aboard Scout. Remember that all cruises on Scout include complimentary soft drinks, snacks and fruit. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol. We have a refrigerator on board where you can store your perishables. We also have a full catering menu with many food options.
Will we sleep on the open water or will we dock overnight?
Scout will be securely docked in CentrePointe Marina, where you will be able to spend the night with the boat all to yourselves. The captain and crew depart after getting you settled in, so it's like having your own private cottage on the water!
Is there a place to sit? Is seating assigned?
There are many seating options, including Scout's 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 life jackets.
Will other another party be on board for the night I book?
No, when you purchase an Overnight Scout Sail, you are booking the entire boat.
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?
You may stow all luggage and personal items below decks.
Can I sleep on the boat but not go on a sail cruise?
Yes, we do offer separate rates for those that would like to only sleep on the boat and opt out of going on a sunset sail. When booking, be sure to select the correct ticket type.
When will we return from the overnight stay?
Check out is at 10:00 am.
Are there any days that have reduced rates?
Yes! Sundays and Mondays are reduced rate days for the Overnight Package.
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.
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 visit our website or contact us directly by clicking on the "Contact TravTallShip" link to the left of the page.


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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