Cruise Boats

Members who are experienced keelboat sailors can be certified to use the DSSA’s larger  cruise boats with auxiliary motors. Cruise boats are available for day sailing in the Duluth Harbor and the near shore of Lake Superior.  We also provide lessons on our cruise boats so you can get certified to reserve them!


For safety and liability reasons, members must be evaluated and certified by staff before they can reserve and sail a cruise boat. Because of the differences among our cruise boats, certification is boat specific, and members must be evaluated separately for each cruise boat they wish to sail.

Please contact us to set up a time for your evaluation and certification. To help us prepare for your evaluation, please send us a resume of your sailing experience. 


All members who wish to reserve a cruise boat will need to have at lease one of the following certifications:

ASA 103 and up


Minnesota Boaters License

Members who take the Minnesota Boaters License Course will receive their first 4-hour reservation for free!



During your evaluation, staff will show you the ins and outs of the boat you wish to reserve and assess your sailing ability. To be certified, members must demonstrate competence in the areas outlined on the Cruise Boat Evaluation Form .


  • Contact us to make a reservation.
  • All guests must be members. Day memberships can be purchased for visiting guests.
  • Only certified captains may request reservations.
  • $40.00 for a 4 hour reservation.  After the 4 hours the rate is $5.00 an hour.

Boat Use Policy

By reserving a boat, the captain agrees to abide by and enforce the following policies:

  • Boats must be crewed by one certified captain and at least one deck hand. Staff have the final say in whether an individual has the experience or skills necessary to be a deck hand for a particular outing.
  • No cruise boat shall leave if winds greater than 25 knots for a following 12 hour period are forecast.
  • Crew or Captain must carry cell phone on board.
  • Nighttime operation is not permitted without special permission from the Waterfront Director or Board members.
  • No person may operate any equipment under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on board.
  • If fuel tanks are at half full or less, please report this to the staff. Do not add fuel. This will be accomplished by staff or board members.
  • The boat shall be clean, shipshape, and properly docked upon leaving it.
  • Incompetence or negligence in the use of equipment constitutes grounds for the Board to suspend any or all ratings of the member.
  • All government rules and regulations shall be observed by members.

If sailing on Lake Superior:  Cruising is limited to the near western area of Lake Superior as defined by the following chart.