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Sailing in Douglas Michigan
Our sailboat, Julianna, gracefully gliding across the blue waters of Lake Michigan, representing the quintessential Douglas MI boating experience.



At our family-owned sailboat charter, we're not just offering a boat — we're inviting you on an unforgettable journey.

Picture yourself cruising under the vast Michigan sky, sails billowing in the cool lake breeze, surrounded by the stunning beauty of nature. Whether you're looking to pick up some handy sailing tips and tricks along the way, or just discovering the allure of the open water; our experienced captain is here to ensure your sailing adventure is nothing short of perfect.

So come aboard the sailing vessel Julianna, feel the rhythm of the water beneath you, and let us create lifelong memories together on the shimmering blue of Lake Michigan.

We can't wait to share our passion for sailing with you!

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Douglas MI sailing


If you need to cancel your charter, please inform us at least 1 day (24 hours) in advance of your scheduled departure for a full refund. If you cancel within the 24-hour window, we're unable to offer a refund due to the preparations made for your sail. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our policy.

Safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. If the weather is forecasted to be unsafe for sailing, we will work with you to reschedule your trip to a more suitable date or issue a full refund.

  • Max. 6 guests on board

  • In compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations, individuals under the age of 13 are required to wear a life preserver. We encourage those who possess their own to kindly bring it for use. However, should it be necessary, we are prepared to provide one.

  • Embark on our 3-hour+ sailboat charter, featuring a captivating 30-minute cruise down the channel to the lake and back, promising an unforgettable aquatic experience.

**Additional time aboard may be permitted if there are no back-to-back bookings  -- $100/hr.
Talk to Captain Tim once your journey begins!

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Captain's Wheel elements on a sailboat charter website
Captain's Wheel elements on a sailboat charter website
Douglas MI sailboat charter


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  • Do children count towards the total number of passengers on board?

    Yes, according to U.S. Coast Guard regulations, all individuals, regardless of age, are accounted for as souls on board.

  • Are we permitted to bring our own food and beverages, including alcohol?

    Certainly! We encourage you to bring along any drinks, snacks, or alcohol you'd like to enjoy once we have set sail.

  • What essentials should we pack for our sailboat charter trip?
    We recommend bringing closed-toed shoes for safety, layered clothing to accommodate changing weather conditions, sunglasses, sunscreen, towels, hats, and any snacks or drinks you might desire during the trip.

  • Is it possible to take a swimming break during our sailboat journey?
    Absolutely, your day is entirely customizable! We can drop anchor for a swimming break, as long as it fits within the allocated time for your charter.

  • Are there bathroom facilities available on board?
    Yes, our sailboat is equipped with a marine head, complete with a flushable toilet and sink for your convenience.

  • What are the safety measures onboard?
    We prioritize your safety above all. Our boat is equipped with life jackets, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and other safety equipment. Furthermore, our captain is well-trained in safety procedures and emergency responses.

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A day in the life aboard the sailing vessel Julianna

Lynda Warner Customer Testimony

Form Submission 2023

Loved talking about the history of the Douglas Saugatuck area. Was a great time looking forward to going again next year.

Eddie Hartmann Customer Testimony

We have sailed on Juliana several times and could not recommend it more, and we plan to stop by for a sail whenever we are in Douglas.

Kristen Mennemeier Customer Testimony

The boat is beautiful and Tim was kind, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. He anchored to let our children swim and even let them sail the boat.

Claire McCormack Customer Testimony

We learned so much about sailing during our adventure. We even got to steer the boat! Unforgettable memories were made.

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Experienced Captain Leading Lake Michigan Sailing Adventure


Captain Tim

Captain Tim's love for the water runs deep, beginning back in his teenage years in the quiet lakes and Forest Preserves of DuPage County, Illinois. Alongside his father, he learned to sail small boats such as Sunfishes, Hobie Cats, and sloop-rigged dinghies.

Their boating adventures took a leap when his father bought a larger 25-foot sailboat in the late '70s. It was then that Tim started his journey of sailing on Lake Michigan, spending most weekends with his family enjoying the

waters and the scenery of Chicago.

Fast forward to 2005, when Captain Tim and his wife Julie became the proud owners of "Julianna". With this vessel, they've explored much of Lake Michigan and Huron, taking their children on summer cruises for the last 18 seasons and logging thousands of miles on the water.

In 2012, the Julianna began participating in the Chicago to Mackinaw race, a tradition Captain Tim plans to continue. Throughout the years, he's ensured the safety of his wife Julie and crew during many challenging passages on the race up the Lake.

In addition to "Julianna", Captain Tim has spent considerable time on other boats on Lake Michigan, serving as a Delivery Captain for several private owners. He's also expanded his sailing experiences to the Southern Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean.

Captain Tim's passion for sailing is unmistakable. We are confident that his enthusiasm will be contagious during your journey on board the sailing vessel Julianna, creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for you.

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219 North Union Street

Douglas, MI 49406

Dock #801

Tel:  (269) 447-7000


Tues - Sun: 10am - 10:30pm

(Closed Mondays)​​

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