Manitou Upgrades and Windjammer 2018


Well, we’ve wrapped up another terrific season aboard Manitou, and now we prepare for a very busy winter! Within the next couple of weeks we begin the process of tearing up her deck and laying down beautiful new Alaskan Yellow Cedar planking. This is a process that will take up the entire winter. Besides Dave, Brett and Lily we will employ two professional carpenters, as well as importing a professional caulker from Maine. This is a major project, and we’re excited to see the end result!

For those of you who have been less than enamored with the process of pumping our manual toilets, you will be happy to know that we are replacing them with two brand new Vacuflush toilets. NO MORE PUMPING! Just press down on a foot pedal and…..voila!

We have a terrific line up for the 2018 Windjammer cruises, starting with the 3-Day Bay Getaway, September 5-8 ($635 per person). This cruise is the perfect “get acquainted” windjammer, for those who are intrigued by the idea of an overnight sailing trip but leery of a big time or money commitment. We’re confident you’ll be hooked after this! We’ll explore the beauty of well protected Grand Traverse Bay and its variety of anchorages. This three day experience is also a terrific option for anyone who wants to fit in a September cruise but is short on time.

The ever popular 4-Day Stories of the Stars cruise returns September 11-15 ($789 per person). Mary Stewart Adams, director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, will guide us through a journey of the night sky. Mary is a star lore historian, storyteller and author who has been immersed in the history of star knowledge for nearly 30 years. She led the initiative that resulted in International Dark Sky Park designation for the Headlands property in Emmet County, MI, which later resulted in the State of Michigan passing legislation to protect the night sky over an additional 23,000 acres of state park and forest land. Mary writes and speaks extensively to local, national and international audiences on our relationship to the night sky and its cultural consequences, and has received numerous honors for her work. In addition, she is a member of the International Dark Sky Places Committee of the International Dark Sky Association, protecting and designating dark sky sites around the world. Mary’s weekly radio program “The Storyteller’s Guide to the Night Sky” airs during Morning Edition on Interlochen Public Radio every Monday. Mary makes her  home under the starry skies of Harbor Springs, MI.

This is our most popular cruise and books up fast. Don’t wait to reserve you spot.

Once again we will offer the 4-Day Wine Cruise from September 18-22 ($789 pp). Explore the great wine regions of the world with sommelier Ryan Arnold. Each evening aboard the Manitou we will discuss the wine making histories and taste the varietals of different countries. Dinners will feature paired wines chosen by Ryan as a perfect complement to our meals. Ryan was a big hit with our group this year and we’re excited to have him back for 2018!

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that former cook Lexi is returning “home” to take over the galley! In her time away she has completed culinary school and honed her considerable skills even further at a number of restaurants in Vail, Colorado. We can’t wait to have her back!

Whatever cruise you choose, you’ll enjoy new friends, the beauty of northern Michigan, a great sense of relaxation, and superb home cooked meals, made from scratch on our wood burning stove.

Call us at 800-678-0383 to make reservations.

All returning passengers receive a 10% discount on your reservation! 

We look forward to sailing with you!

Fair winds!

Captain Dave and Brett