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. West Grand Traverse Bay tends to have beautiful sailing conditions! Because of the effects of Lake Michigan and the surrounding hills, weather conditions can change quickly. We see a lot of storms form over the lake, but also see a lot of storms break up and dissipate before they get to Grand Traverse Bay. This is why we wait to make weather decisions only about two hours before your scheduled sail.
If the weather, as determined by the captain's discretion and experience, has threatening conditions of fog, lightning, or high winds, we may have to reschedule your sail. 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 threatening conditions, 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 your scheduled sail. 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 partner with with other sailing affiliates and sail side by side! We will take care of all of the arrangements for you. Just give us a call.
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 Center Pointe building, the large brown building with the seagull sculptures on the side. Across the road from their main entrance is a surface parking lot where you will park. Take the pedestrian tunnel under the road and veer to the right once you get to the other side. Head towards the water and we'll meet you at the white tent that says "Great Lakes Sailing."