Start: 20 May 2024
End: 16 September 2024
Application Deadline: 1 April 2024

Traverse Tall Ship Company is seeking a Captain to serve aboard both Schooner Manitou and Sailing Yacht Scout. Manitou is an inspected, steel-hulled, gaff-topsail schooner 77 feet LOA, and Scout is a Cabo Rico 38 that operates as an uninspected vessel. Both vessels are based in the thriving tourist town of Traverse City, Michigan. They conduct multiple sails each day on the waters of Grand Traverse Bay.

The Captain will split time between the vessels in a five day on, two day off rotation. Aboard Manitou, they will manage, lead, and help train a crew of four to six. They can single-hand Scout sails or have a deckhand, and always have the assistance of a deckhand on all-day excursions to the county park of Power Island. 

Schooner Manitou operates seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, offering between three and four public sails per day, with bunch cruises on the weekends, and occasional themed sails. All sails run from the vessel’s home berth at Discovery Pier, with extensive shore support. Scout operates seven days a week from Memorial Day through early October, sailing multiple times per day from her well-appointed marina berth. The goal of all excursions is for all passengers to have an experience onboard that can serve as the capstone of their vacation or summer.

The Captain is responsible for safe and efficient operations, ensuring excellent passenger interactions, and vessel upkeep. Aboard Manitou, the Captain will further the crew’s development as mariners with training and instruction as often as possible.

Auxiliary Sail-endorsed 100 GRT Great Lakes or Near Coastal Master’s License required
STCW NOT required
Previous command time preferred but not essential
Prior experience aboard traditional sailing vessels highly preferred
CPR/First Aid certification required (can be arranged after hiring)
Valid driver’s license highly preferred

$4,000 to $6,000 monthly
Compensation includes:

Monthly salary, plus significant gratuities ~$100 per day (included in pay range as displayed)
Room and board on Manitou
Two days off per week
Travel stipend up to $300

License Required: Master
Tonnage: 100 tons
Medical: CPR

Contact Person: Jamie Trost –
Application Requirements: Resume, References, Cover Letter