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“The Best Ride at the Bay City MI Fireworks Festival”
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Bay Sail
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Join us for an unforgettable sailing experience on the Great Lakes aboard the schooners Appledore IV & Appledore V, owned and operated by BaySail in Bay City, Michigan. BaySail offers a variety of programs aboard our ships including Science Under Sail for 3rd-12th grade students, public sails featuring lunch/dinner options, private charter outings and more! Visit our website for more information and a complete schedule of our seasonal programs. Feeling more adventurous? Contact us about Windward Bound, our week-long youth sail training voyages -- your chance to leave the land behind and experience life on the Great Lakes!
Reviewed 6 July 2014

My first ride on a large sailboat was a memorable one. With about 30 other passengers we cruised down the Saginaw river into the bay for a short sail - on the night of the big fireworks show in Bay City, MI. A dinner cruise with a surprisingly good dinner on paper plates. The sun was going down as we went back up river to the Wenonah Park dock to watch the fireworks. As usualy - huge crowds. Comfortable tables with ice cold drinks as we watched the big show.

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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Our group motored downstate to Bay City, MI enjoying the many colors of the trees along the way. Michigan has some great color tours... & the best are UP NORTH... 'cause we have more trees & less houses. Less jobs too. Sigh. ANYHOW we decided to take a trip & see how the other folks live.
Bay City is a really NEAT town. Their City Hall is from the 1800's & wonderful. They have a planetarium that LOOKS like a planet & is awesome. Then, parked alongside the dock, a stone's throw (for a good fielder) from the planetarium is the mooring spot for Appledore IV.
As its name implies, there have been three other Appledores before it. The crew tells us that the original one a 3 masted schooner, or was it two... Numbers have never been my strong suit, however there was the big one back where I sat that could whomp you into the drink if left unattended (it never was); & the big guy in front of it, that had two sails on it... but since there were two poles sticking up in the air, I'd guess we are safe to say two masted schooner. Wow, that was a lot of thinking. And I haven't gotten to the good stuff yet.
It is built as a replica of the old sailing ships, however has a nice motor that gets us where we want to go (away from the dock) quickly with no fuss. Our trip was UP river, not out into Saginaw Bay. That would have been great, also. We went under two bridges that swapped horn toots with us (yes, the horns DO mean something, just like the ones on trains... they have their own message system). It was neat to look up the road & see the cars waiting for us to get through so the bridges could be lowered. After we traversed the second bridge, they upped the sails. Much easier to go through bridges with motor. We got to see Bay City from an entirely different view.
A Little history: Bay City, Michigan was a big ship building port. During WWII they were working 24/7! But time & foreign builders took its toll & for YEARS the shoreline of Bay City looked like bombed out buildings from that war. They were really older than that as some of them had been around a hundred years back then! Amazingly, where all the old eyesores had stood has been leveled.
Further upstream we saw a group of new buildings. The crew told us they were condominiums & a gated community. Hey I lived in a gated community too... it was called Navy Housing. er I digress.
There are still a lot of docks that have seen their good days go & then it becomes more pristine. Egrets, Herons, Ducks & of course gulls flap their wings & take off or land & we got to watch some doing the "Dry my wing" dance... here's this bird with his wings outstretched like he was welcoming the sun on his feathers... he WAS! That particular bird's feathers don't repel water like the ducks do & this helps 'em to dive deeper & faster after fishies & other bird goodies. But then they have to dry off. So much for the sunbathing birds.
The crew brought out Fall Fare of hot chili, cornbread & apple cider. What a nice tasty treat! We took lots of pictures, enjoyed the ride & now want to go back to sail DOWNRIVER & out into Saginaw Bay.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My wife found this by accident but we both feel it needs to be reported for others to enjoy.
The Appledore is a tall ship that goes out onto Lake Huron out of Bay City Mi.
They do many outings from dinner cruises, star gazing trips, to what we enjoyed, a fall river trip up the Saginaw River. They offered us Chili, cornbread, and hot cider. Much needed as it was a cool day the day we went.
The crew was great and all spent time with different area's of where we all sat.
Great adventure to take kids on.

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

September 2013 My husband and I took our 11 year old granddaughter on this evening sail...it was AWESOME!!! The crew was wonderful, the food was good and the trip was amazing. We are going to do it again in the summer. We found out after the trip that it is a non-profit organization that has different types of trips - youth sails to teach sailing, environmenatal testing etc... another perk is the price:):)

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

No, not THAT three hour cruise. But, 'Lovey' and I did enjoy a great evening aboard Appledore IV. The ship is stable and sails smoothly. The crew is friendly and converse freely about their life on board, what brought them to the Appledore IV, and future plans. We enjoyed getting to know the crew a bit.
They start by motoring for quite awhile down river. Once we reached Saginaw Bay, the sails are raised. You can choose to assist in raising sails or not. Once the sail are up and filled, the engine is killed. The quiet, relaxing sail begins.
Take a camera! The sunset is gorgeous. The sails are beautiful.The ship is beautiful. The rigging is interesting.
We left on the evening cruise at 7 o'clock and returned about 10:30. I have to believe the Tall Ships Celebration made a big impact on the access to the park and traffic. Normally parking would be nearby and convenient to the Appledore IV.
No one on our sail got motion sick. Go! You'll have a great time.

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AppledoreIV, Manager at Bay Sail, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Thank you for joining us on the Appledore IV! We are thrilled that you had a memorable time!

Scott Ellis
Program Coordinator

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