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Michigan Sailing Charters

For the ease of getting onto the water, withNance Anne Saling Chartersout 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.


Lake Erie

  • Duchess Charters (313.885.7319) - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
  • Fair Winds Sailing (248.563.5413) - Bingham Farms, MI

Lake Saint Clair / Detroit  River

  • Detroit Sails (313-574-5684) - Detroit, MI
  • Scrimshaw Sailing Charters (313.580.3369) - Waterford, MI
  • Sail Time (586.838.8714) - Detroit, MI

Lake Huron

  • Bay Sail - (989 895-5193) - Bay City, MI
  • Mackinaw Breeze - (906.847.8669) - Mackinac Island, MI

Lake Superior

  • Superior Odyssey - 906.361.3668 - Marquette, MI

Lake Michigan

  • 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.
Charter Phone Location
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
Sunshine Charters 231.547.0266
Great Lakes Sailing Company 231.941.0535   Traverse City, MI
Nauti-Cat Cruises 231.947.1730
Traverse City Sail Charters 810.610.6106
Traverse Tall Ship Company 888.959.2655
Two Brothers Sailing 231.218.5325
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
Sweetwater Sailing 269.543.4362
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
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