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Geocaching Power Island

Written by CaptainMike. Posted in Testimonials

GeoCaching Power Island

“Have I mentioned I’m very nervous around water? And have never been on a boat smaller than a ferry?

On a geocaching trip of a lifetime to Power Island, I confessed my anxieties to Captain Mike. With patience and confidence, he explained how to board the Ambitious, seated me in the cockpit and let me know what to expect.


Written by CaptainMike. Posted in Captain's Blog


The Star of the Show!

AMBITIOUS is a 1999 Pursuit 2860 Denali. She is just over 30 feet LOA with a 9.5 foot beam and can slip thru less than 3 feet of water. Her operating weight is @ 8000 lbs. She’ll do 40 mph, but cruises very economically at 30 mph with a 400 mile range. I am her sole owner since new. AMBITIOUS is an exceptional vessel in exceptional condition. She is my personal pleasure craft and is meticulously cared for mechanically and cosmetically.

AMBITIOUS is always shiny clean from stem to stern!

Both State of Michigan charter boat Inspectors commented …. “It was the nicest charter boat they had inspected in quite a while.”

AMBITIOUS has an 8 person capacity, 6 passenger and 2 crew. She is quite roomy with comfortable seating for all. She has an enclosed head, hot and cold water, refrigerator, Stereo/CD with USB jack, ice coolers and modern electronics for navigation. Her safety equipment exceeds the requirements for a vessel of her size.

In addition, we have a stainless steel grill and stove aboard for cookouts. We can provide fair or you can BYO and we’ll “grill her up for ya”… Cap’n Mikes’ Brats have pleased folks all over the Great Lakes…   😉

We also carry a 10×10 foot raft for sunbathing and swimming …. fantastic on a hot day!

Noteworthy to some…. AMBITIOUS
is not a fishing vessel. Therefore she does not show any signs of wear or odor associated with fishing.

I can also trailer AMBITIOUS
to a variety of starting points, so a day on AMBITIOUS does not need to start in her home port of Traverse City. This opens up many creative opportunities for economical day cruising in other parts of the state.

….on most charters we are accompanied by 1st Mate Kelly. She handles boarding, lines, ice and access to AMBITIOUS and her accessories.

Everyone who experiences time on AMBITIOUS claims she’s the best all round boat they’ve ever been on!

Give Captain Mike a call… Visit AMBITIOUS and Northern Michigan in style!

Captain Michael P. Nowak

Written by CaptainMike. Posted in Information

Captain Michael P. Nowak
Traverse City, MI
U.S.C.G. Ref# 3437632
100 ton Master – Great Lakes and Inland Waters.

Captain Michael P. Nowak Photo

Hi there! Captain Mike here… Let me tell you a little about myself… after all… I will be part of your AmbitiousCharters experience… It might help to know who’s “running the boat”… 🙂

The running joke in my family is that “Mike’s first car was a boat” … that should tell you a lot… My first boat was a 16 foot HobieCat that I bought when I was fourteen…I have not been without a vessel since… My experience and ownership ranges from sailing to power, including high horsepower Offshore boats, Trawlers and Recreational Cruisers. I average over 100 days a year on the water.

I am a private pilot, search and rescue scuba diver and 100 ton Master Captain. All of these certifications require extensive knowledge, training, testing and experience to attain. I can assure you, while you are with me, safety is always the primary concern. I am a “Zero Loss” Captain. I have never damaged or injured personnel, property or ship. A record I am quite proud of.

I am also an Instructional Captain, offering services to Skippers on their own vessels. More information is available at!

On a personal note, I am 52 years young and healthy of mind, body and spirit. I also have a full time career in Human Resources. I enjoy many activities and adventures,

Skiing, Golf, Hockey, Guitar, Diving, Fishing and Motorcycles just to name a few….

I have lived in Traverse City for almost ten years. I have extensive boating and diving experience on the Great Lakes. I well know the waters of Lake Michigan and her inlets, as well as the Straits of Mackinac and Eastern Upper Peninsula, I spent twelve years navigating the Western basin of Lake Erie, twelve years on Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron and the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, I have some additional experience on Lake Superior, as well as southern Atlantic and Gulf waters…I’m quite comfortable and confident on all waters.

In the words from Allstate Insurance..  “You’re in good hands”… and on that note, we carry all the required insurance for a charter vessel in the State of Michigan.

Your day on Ambitious will be relaxing… and worry free. Nice huh?

 – Captain Michael P. Nowak