USCG Certification



Perception was custom built in New Zealand, by Mike Bentley, taking several years to complete. He had purchased the original L. Francis Herreshoff plans directly from Mystic Seaport,  Perception took part in the Tall Ships celebration in 1988 for the Australian Bicentennial in Sydney as one of only two New Zealand representatives. In 2001 the architect Jamie Weisman purchased her. Under his captainship Perception has been to the Azores, Lisbon, Brazil, Madeira, Cape Verde, Trinidad, the Canary Islands, and Bermuda. The trip from New Zealand to Jamie’s home in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts took him to the South Pacific, past Easter Island, and through the Galapagos and the Panama Canal. After Jamie’s passing, the nonprofit Michigan Challenge Traditional Sail Training purchased her in 2017 for sail training on the Great Lakes. Her mission is to provide tuition-free sail training to Gold and Blue Star teens, veterans and their families, and their youth

Perception won her class in the 2021 Chicago to Mackinac race, and came in second overall in the Cruising Division, the first schooner to enter the race in decades.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Northport, MI
Sparred Length: 68'
LOA: 54'
LOD: 50'
LWL: 47'
Draft: 5' 8
Beam: 13' 2
Rig height: 70'
Freeboard: 4'
Sail Area: 1620
Tons: 20
Hull: Steel


Who Sails? Youth
Program Type: Sail Training
Normal cruising waters: Great Lakes
Season: May-October
Built: 1985
Crew: 9 ( 3 experienced crew, 6 trained youth)
Contact: Captain Bryan Edward Smith, President
Tel: 231.642.7656
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