Great Lakes Yacht Charters

Since 1983...

Great Lakes Sailing Co. has been providing northern Michigan yacht charters.  

Cruise the harbors of Grand Traverse Bays, Little Traverse Bay, The Straits of Mackinaw, The Manitou Islands, Beaver Island, the Les Cheneaux Islands and beyond aboard a yacht from our meticulously maintained fleet.

This is not only our business, it's our passion.

Early Season Savings!

Take advantage of our "Getaway Special".

  • Receive 25% Off Your Charter
  • Free Sleep Aboard
  • Free Late Depart
  • Flexible Cancellation Policy

ASA Sailing School

The Best Sailing School on the Great Lakes

Our passion is sailing and our goal is to share the knowledge and feeling of being under sail.  Great Lakes Sailing Co. is an ASA Award Winning Sailing School with a 30 year history of introducing sailing to over 5000 sailors.  

We operate from a private marina facility in  beautiful Traverse City, Michigan with shore-side amenities for the students to enjoy including a new boaters lounge and bathhouse facilities.  And after class, visit the many restaurants within walking distance or downtown area just a mile away.

Eleven certified instructors keep the classes fresh and lively. They not only know sailing but they know how to teach it in a relaxed manner.

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Yacht Sales & Management

Two great ways to purchase your new yacht

  1. Put your new yacht in our well known and trusted Charter Management Program and take advantage of our many incentives and discounts!
  2. Take delivery of your new yacht at your home port and enjoy the peace of mind of having your yacht commissioned by the pros at Great Lakes Sailing Co.

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Marlow Hunter, Gemini Catamarans & Jeanneau

We are a full service marine facility and offer support long after the sale on Marlow Hunter, Gemini Catamarans and Jeanneau sailboats.  We’re also a certified ASA training center with customized sailing instruction, yacht deliveries, docking and harbor handling training and more.  Our staff of over 13 friendly, professional, USCG licensed Captains have traveled throughout the Great Lakes to assist sailors.

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Great Lakes Sailing Co. Blog


Real Stories. Real People.

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The Gemini Freestyle 37

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