Great Lakes Co. Recognized as Jeanneau Dealer of the Year

August 2020 News
Great Lakes Sailing Co. is proud to announce they have received the “2020 Dealer of the Year” award from Jeanneau America.  Jeanneau is the best-selling brand of cruising sailboats in North America.

“Jeanneau has been a great partner to work with and has been instrumental in increasing our new yacht sales, growing our yacht charter fleet and reopening the SailTime Detroit base with new model Jeanneau sailboats,” says Dave Conrad of Great Lakes Sailing Co. “We’ve had Jeanneau sailboats in our charter fleet for many years.  Since becoming a full-service regional dealer in 2018, we can offer new Jeanneau sailboats to owners who can opt to either join our charter management program, allowing charter revenues to offset the expense of ownership, and also to owners who want to sail away to their own homeports and enjoy the benefits of dockside service calls and support.”

According to Jeanneau, Great Lakes Sailing Co. is the Dealer of the Year recipient as a result of their outstanding service, customer satisfaction and for supporting the sailing lifestyle by offering charters, an ASA accredited sailing school and membership sailing programs.

Unique to Great Lakes Sailing Co. are the 3 ways you can enjoy a new Jeanneau, which include:

• Placing a new Jeanneau in their well-known and trusted charter management program in Traverse City, MI.
• Taking delivery of a new Jeanneau at your home port, with peace of mind of having your new sailboat commissioned by Great Lakes Sailing Co.
• Placing a new Jeanneau in the SailTime Detroit fleet.
“It’s exciting and rewarding to receive this recognition from Jeanneau considering they are one of the largest and most well-known yacht builders in the world.  They offer outstanding dealer support and we are privileged to offer the brand to Michigan sailors,” says Conrad.

“We pride ourselves on being a family-owned and operated business committed to growing the sailing industry one student, one charterer and one new boat owner at a time.  While we focus on sailor safety, meticulous maintenance and consistent training, we also enjoy the opportunity to share our passion and knowledge for sailing.”

With in-stock models of the award-winning Sun Odyssey 410 and the Sun Odyssey 389, in addition to six other Jeanneau models available for charter in Traverse City and a Membership program available at SailTime Detroit, sailors have plenty of ways to enjoy a new model Jeanneau.
For more information contact Dave Conrad at 231.941.0535 or online at

Started in 1983 as Michigan’s only full-time charter operation, Great Lakes Sailing Co. has grown to become Lake Michigan’s largest charter fleet, as well as an award-winning American Sailing Association sailing school, and an authorized Gemini Catamarans and Jeanneau dealer.

Sailtime Detroit, located at the Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, offers easy and affordable membership sailing, charters and classes on the latest model Jeanneau sailboats. Learn more at

Celebrating over 60 years of boat building. Jeanneau is one of the world’s leading yacht builders of premium sail and power models up to 64 feet.
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