About Us

SailMackinac offers the premier on-the-water experience in Northern Michigan.  Enjoy spectacular scenery in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. 


Feel free to help the crew with sail trim or get behind the 60" wheel and experience the thrill of steering a 50 foot custom offshore racing sailboat.  

The yacht is built for speed, safety and comfort as she glides through the Straits.  

Schedule & Fares

Sailing Times

Daily Sail Times and Fares (per person), minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 guests per sail.  

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Evening, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All fares are $75.00 per person, children under 12, $20.00 off fare. You can reserve your sail online or stop the Municipal Marina, right across from the Shepler's Dock in Mackinac City, if you see the boat there.  You can also send your contact info and we will call you to reserve your sail, or feel welcome to call Captain Dave at 517-712-6918 so that I can address any questions.  

You can purchase gift certificates here.  

A 15% gratuity is customary for the crew


The Yacht, "50 Free", is moored at the Mackinaw City Municipal Marina, 107 S. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City, MI 49701.  

We are able to pick up and drop off guests from Mackinac Island locations as well.  The first booking for any given tour will determine its' departure location.  

The Yacht

"50 Free", a Soverel 50 racing yacht, was originally built in built in West Palm Beach, FL for Mark Soverel himself. The hull and deck were laid in 1984 when health issues put a temporary halt to her completion.  The boat was finished in the late 1980's by a Chicago business man who had a successful racing career in the Great Lakes for many years.  I raced the boat for several years in the 2010's and then chose the more relaxed life of a Charter Boat Captain and am delighted to be able to offer this special experience to our guests.  

Unlike it's stripped out competitors of the day, "50 Free" sports a luxurious interior featuring teak and holly cabin soles, solid mahogony doors, Italian leather and two marine heads.  You can see detailed specs of the yacht here.

The yacht's name "50 Free" came from the fact that I purchased her when I was 50 years old, the boat is 50 feet long and as a tribute to my life long sport of competitive swimming and my fondness for that fast sprint event.  

The Captain

Captain Dave holds a United States Coast Guard Masters Mariner's License and has more than 50 years experience sailing the Great Lakes, Bahamas, Caribbean, Belize, East Coast - He's even sailed across the Atlantic.  

Captain Dave and First Mate Sam are committed to offering guests a safe and fun experience that's tailored to their desires.  You can be as involved in sailing this luxury craft as you choose, or you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride.  We are anxious to meet each of you and look forward to our 7th fun summer on the water in the Straits of Mackinac!

What to Bring

You want to bring sunscreen, your camera, a jacket or sweater and any adult beverages you might want.  We will have cheese & crackers, ice, pop, and most mixes. 

If you are staying on Mackinac Island, your hotel can make a lunch or snack or you can stop by Doud's Market and get a great deli sandwich or just about anything you might want.  Their deli menu is here. They are located across the street from the Chippewa Hotel and also offer a huge selection of beer, wine or your favorite adult beverage.  We will be pleased to serve you!

We understand that your vacation time is precious.  If you would like us to provision the yacht for you, we will be happy to - Just send an e-mail, no later than 24 hours before your departure, to:  Get My Stuff! and will will have your things stored and ready for you.  Be sure to include your reservation number and/or your name and the date/time of your sail.  We will have a receipt for your purchases.  

Contact Us or Comment on your Experience

Get in Touch!


107 South Huron Ave., Mackinaw City, MI 49701

(517) 712-6918


Sailing tours at 11:00, 3:00 and 7:00, departing from Mackinaw City or Mackinac Island