Captain Mike Nowak

  • U.S.C.G. Ref# 3437632 | 100 ton Master – Great Lakes and Inland Waters
  • US Powerboating Certified Cruising Powerboat Instructor, Instructor #040Captain Mike Nowak

Hi there! Captain Mike Nowak here …

Let me tell you a little about myself, after all, I will be part of your AMBITIOUS Charters experience. It might help to know who is “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 Hobie Cat 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 100 ton Master Captain, search and rescue scuba diver and private pilot. 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 to maintain.

As an Instructional Captain, I offer services to Skippers on their own vessels. More information is available on our Training page!

On a personal note, I am 60+ years young and healthy of mind, body and spirit. I enjoy many activities and adventures:

  • Skiing
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Guitar
  • and Diving, just to name a few …

I have lived in Traverse City for twenty 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.

When not on the wet water or on the frosty kind, you can find me in my fabrication shop TC Mike’s Garage.

“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

give CAPTAIN MIKE a call!

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