Scout Overnight Package

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip
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  • 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.
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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). Please note, during the months of September and October, breakfast is not included.

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.)
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Rating: 5
Enjoyed Every Minute!
Mon, Oct 5  4:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
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
Absolutely awesome! Highly recommended!
Tue, Sep 15  5:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Overnight on the scout was absolutely awesome! Much more than we expected. Captain Dave was very friendly and such a great tour guide telling us where to visit to see what he knew we would enjoy in the area. We had the most perfect day for the sunset cruise and after explaining how to operate certain systems on the beautiful "Scout", and revealing the secret snacks and goodies that he brought for us, he left us to enjoy the evening by ourselves. I can't stress strongly enough how much you should take this excursion on the "Scout" or on the "Manitou", their larger ship used for groups of people. We will definitely be visiting the Tall Ship Company again in the future.
Rating: 5
I would do it again!
Sat, Sep 5  5:30 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Captain Brett and Kyle provided a safe and memorable trip. Great hospitality and a beautiful ship. Bring a bottle or two of of the local wine and enjoy.
Rating: 5
Outstanding experience and service
Wed, Aug 19  6:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Day sail on Manitou was spectacular. Capt. Dave and his crew are engaging and very professional.

Evening sail on Scout was amazing. Capt. Brett was engaging and a fantastic guide. Overnight on Scout is a must. Breakfast is filling and delicious.

Highly recommend
Rating: 5
Amazing Weekend
Sat, Jun 20  6:30 PM Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
This is my first time writing a review ever. I felt the need to write this review to potentially help future customers to this sailing experience. This trip was booked on a whim with four other friends for my wife's 30th birthday. I expected fun but got way more! This trip started out with the boat captain greeting us at the dock and taking our luggage aboard. He was extremely knowledgeable, fun, considerate, and attentive. By far one of the best weekends I've had in a very long time!! The boat was a 10 out of 10. Sailing was great, boat accommodations were fantastic and breakfast was perfect! If you have any hesitations....Don't! You will not regret this trip. We will definitely be back. Thank you captain Brett for making my wife's 30th b day awesome, and making me look even better having planned it!!
Rating: 5
Sat, May 23  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
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
This was a great experience!!
Sat, Oct 4, 14  4:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
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.
Rating: 5
Fantastic experience!
Sat, Sep 27, 14  4:30 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
So glad we decided to book the Sail and Stay package aboard Scout. Dave was great and Scout performed. We had an excellent experience out on the water enjoying the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay and staying overnight aboard was great fun. Highly recommend this if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 23, 14  6:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was the best trip I have ever taken on a boat. Captain Bretton and Kyle were super nice and helpful. We had the best time and will be coming back!
Rating: 5
Highlight of our Summer Vacation
Wed, Jul 2, 14  6:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We couldn't have been more impressed with Wendy, Captain Brett, Deck Hand Kyle and everyone who made our stay on the sailboat "Scout" such a wonderful and memorable occasion. Our sons enjoyed it immensely (especially the snacks), and my husband and I found it very relaxing. Thank you!
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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?
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 and October 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.
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.
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 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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