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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance?

We welcome last minute reservations but please book in advance to reserve your date. Booking online is easy; please call if you have any questions.


What should I wear?

Rubber soled shoes are best on a boat. Depending on the weather, just dress appropriately so you are comfortable moving about the boat. Keep in mind the air temperature over the water is usually about 10 degrees cooler than on land.  We recommend having a jacket with you, and we have plenty of blankets to keep you warm. A happy sailor is a comfortable sailor! If you'd like to swim please bring a swimsuit and towels.


Do you provide food and refreshments on the boat? 

We provide ice and water, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drinks! Small tote coolers work great on the boat. We will also provide unbreakable cups and dishes. Please think clean and easy: cheese and crackers, beer and wine. Sparkling water, sliced apples...

What about the weather?
We monitor the forecasts and the weather constantly. If the weather is not favorable for sailing we may have to reschedule your sail. However, West Grand Traverse Bay tends to have beautiful sailing conditions! 

If we are unable to reschedule your sail, we will refund you your money. If we are underway and the captain comes in because of the weather, you will be refunded for the time not used or you can get a discount on a future sail.

What is your cancellation policy?
If your plans change we offer a full refund if you cancel 72 hours in advance.

Of course we want you to sail, and are happy to reschedule to meet your needs based on our availability.

Should I tip the captain?
Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 20% gratuity is average if you are happy with your sail.

How many people can be in our party?
Our sailing vessel, Michele, in accordance with US Coast Guard regulations has a maximum capacity of 6 passengers. If you have a larger party we often partner with with other  sailboats and sail side by side! We will take care of all of the arrangements for you.  

Is your sailboat safe?  
Sailing vessel Michele meets or exceeds all US Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment, and electronics for vessels in passenger service. Your US Coast Guard licensed captain has many years of experience and you can rest assured of being in good hands.

Where is the boat?
Center Pointe Marina 12935 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Look for the large American Flag on the waterfront. Center Pointe Marina and Elmwood Marina share a driveway. Our parking area is next to the large brown building with the seagulls on the side. Please do not park in the Elmwood lot.

 We'll meet you at the white tent that says "Great Lakes Sailing"