About the Manitou
The Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s “coasting” cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Specifically designed for passenger service, her hull was constructed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1983 and finished by Vermont carpenters on Lake Champlain. Manitou is one of the largest sailing ships on the Great Lakes. She was built specifically for passenger service, making her one of the most comfortable windjammers afloat. A traditional two-masted, gaff rigged, topsail schooner, she spreads over 3,000 square feet of sail and displaces (weighs) over one hundred tons. Up to twenty-four passengers can enjoy the pleasure and thrill of sailing aboard Manitou.
Her licensed captain has many years of experience and together with the professional crew you can rest assured you're in good hands. Manitou meets or exceeds all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment and electronics for vessels in passenger service. If the wind should fail, the sturdy diesel engine powers her swiftly to the next destination. Because of her size and design she ensures a comfortable relaxing sail for all.
Life aboard the Manitou is fun and informal. The object here is to slow down and take things as they come. Discover the lost art of conversation with new found friends, read a good book, marvel at the breathtaking array of stars, get back in touch with yourself. Many folks have told us that this is the best stress reliever they have ever found. While underway, you are free to leave the sailing to our experienced crew or lend a hand and learn the arts of the sailor. After Manitou tucks into a snug anchorage for the evening, take out our sea kayaks or rowing dinghy for a little exploration. Beach combing is special fun for those who would like to further enjoy the beauty of many of our destinations.
You'll love the food on Manitou. Our healthy menus will satisfy the heartiest of seagoing appetites, with emphasis on Manitou specialties, fresh fruits, and produce of the region. Our team of cooks will delight you with bountiful home cooked meals turned out of the ship's galley. All of the cooking is done on our wood fired stove, "Cleo", and is served either family style in the main cabin or as a wonderful buffet on deck. Beverages such as juice, tea, and coffee are provided during meals. Soft drinks may be brought on board and stored in your cabin or in ice chests provided on deck.
The Manitou at a Glance
Berths: 12 cabins/24 berths Crew: 5 Length:114 Ft Beam:21 Ft Draft:7 feet, with centerboard 11 Ft
Each is nicely appointed but simple and rustic with two sturdy built-in bunks and electric lighting. They are supplied with fresh linens, towels and warm blankets. All of the cabins and entries have plenty of headroom and windows which can be opened for ventilation. The ship's marine heads (toilets) and hot showers are conveniently located on deck.
* Prices are per passenger, double occupancy, and include all meals, and beverages such as juice, tea and coffee are provided during meals, as well as use of kayaks and the ships rowing dinghy.
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**Pricing shown is subject to change and final prices will be confirmed upon booking.
We are available Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm (Eastern Time) to answer any questions you might have, to help you plan your vacation or to assist you in choosing the perfect voyage under sail.
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