• Homeport: Traverse City, MI
  • Rig: Schooner
  • Sparred Length: 114′
  • LOD: 77′
  • LWL: 65′
  • Draft: 7′-11′
  • Beam: 21′
  • Rig Height: 77′
  • Freeboard: 6′
  • Sail Area: 3,000 square feet
  • Tons: 82
  • Hull: steel


Owned and operated by Traverse Tall Ship Co., LLC, the schooner Manitou is one of the largest sailing vessels on the Great Lakes. This replica of a 19th century “coaster” can accommodate 24 overnight guests and 62 passengers for day excursions. Manitou is fully certified by the US Coast Guard and offers day sails on Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan. In addition, join us for an adventurous overnight as part of our “Floating Bed & Breakfast.” Wake up in the morning to hot coffee and fresh baked muffins from the galley before sitting down to a full breakfast prepared from scratch on the wood stove. For a more in depth experience, Manitou offers three and four day sailing adventures to the islands, bays and coastal villages of northern Lake Michigan. In conjunction with Inland Seas Education Association Manitou operates the Schoolship Program, which provides an environmental, historical, and sail training education for students during the spring. The schooner offers partial as well as private charter service to family, company, and motor coach groups.


  • USCG Certification: Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)
  • Who Sails: Other: school groups, corporate, bed and breakfast
  • Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Great Lakes
  • Sailing Season: May-October
  • Year Launched: 1982
  • Number of Crew: 5
  • Name of Contact: Captain Dave McGinnis
  • Phone: 231-941-2000
  • Website: https://tallshipsailing.com/