Michigan Sailing Charters
For the ease of getting onto the water, without the responsibility of owning and sailing your own boat, chartering a captained-sailboat can be a rewarding experience. A typical $200-$400 fee for 2-4 people will provide for an enjoyable morning or afternoon (2-3 hours) on a large inland lake or Great Lake. Although the experience will vary depending on the provider, many charters are on larger (20-40’) sailboats and may include basic sailing lessons, light snacks or full meals. Some charters actually become Bed and Breakfasts for overnight stays. A charter can be a first step towards seeing if sailing your own boat is in your future, or simply a nice diversion or get away from land-based activities. Captains/companies providing sailing charters are listed below and in the resources section of the Great Lakes pages. Note: If you are a competent sailor and simply want a boat without a captain, many larger chartering companies off bareboat charters. A bareboat charter provides the boat without a crew and can be for hours, days or even a week. (Photo credit: Nancy Anne Sailing Charters).
What are bareboat charters?
Bareboat chartering is essentially a short-term rental or lease of a yacht only (no captain, crew, or provisions). This is a low-cost option for the more experienced sailor who simply wishes to obatin a boat for a specific time frame or cruise. The charterer provides the captain (him or herself, or a hired captain), a crew and the provisions. A variation on bareboat chartering is fractional sailing. The definition of fractional sailing varies depending on the sponsoring organization. In some fractional arrangements, participants are considered fractinal owners of a particular yacht, in others, there is one owner and fractional users who either pay fees or a proportion of the costs of maintaining that boat. Loosly analagous to a time-share, fractional owners would have access to the boat during pre-arranged time frames throughout the year.
Charters in Michigan nominate a charter
Although fishing charters abound in Michigan, sailing charters can be a little more difficult to locate. Providers of sailing charters (see below) range from individual owner/captains, to corporate brokers/marinas, to non-profit organizations. Some provide experiences on a modern 30-50' sloop or catamaran, while others can provide experiences on period replicas of wooden sailing vessels. Trying a sailing charter can be a great afternoon adventure for an individual, couple or family and may lead to a deeper interest in sailing in general.
- Duchess Charters (313.885.7319) - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
- Fair Winds Sailing (248.563.5413) - Bingham Farms, MI
Lake Saint Clair
- Scrimshaw Sailing Charters (313.580.3369) - Waterford, MI
- Sail Time (586.838.8714) - Detroit, MI
- Bay Sail - (989 895-5193) - Bay City, MI
- Mackinaw Breeze - (906.847.8669) - Mackinac Island, MI
- Superior Odyssey - 906.361.3668 - Marquette, MI
Champion Charters (847.910.2217) - Located in Traverse City, MI, private charters on the 39' cutter Champion are now available and support the ship's mission of working with at-risk youth. Fees are 50% tax deductible.
|Little Traverse Sailors||231.838.4484||Harbor Springs, MI|
|Pure Mish / Up North Sailing Adventures||517.294.6050||Boyne City, MI|
|Charlevoix Yacht Charters||231.340.0508||Charlevoix, MI|
|Great Lakes Sailing Company||231.941.0535||Traverse City, MI|
|Traverse City Sail Charters||810.610.6106|
|Traverse Tall Ship Company||888.959.2655|
|Wind Dancer Charters||616.560.1929||Grand Haven, MI|
|Nancy Anne Sailing Charters||616.403.3896||Holland, MI|
|Seasun Sailing Chaters||616.218.1077||Saugatuck, MI|
|Ragtime Charters||616.405.1599||Douglas, MI|
|Cat's Meow Cruises||574.220.7007||South Haven, MI|
|Michigan Maritime Museum Charter||800.747.3810|
|Come Sail Away / Keeping the Lakes Great||269.932.8400||St. Joseph, MI|