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Quantum Sails Traverse City

Address:

1576 International Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
USA

Email

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Phone

Main: 231-941-1222

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

New sails

About Quantum Sails Traverse City

It’s one thing to make exceptional sails, but at Quantum Sails Great Lakes we go even further by making your challenges our own. With superior and personalized customer service, our sail consultants are with you every step of the way as loyal advisers, friends, and fellow sailors.

In our Service Department, we provide a full range of professional sail care and repair services for sails and canvas – from simple repairs to precise sail re-cuts. The first step for any project is an understanding of your needs and an evaluation in order to provide you with an accurate, up-front estimate of time and cost.

Services Include

  • Multipoint Inspections
  • Sail Repairs
  • Annual Sail & Canvas Maintenance
  • Sail Removal & Installation
  • Sail Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Sail and Canvas Washing
  • Canvas Waterproofing
  • Sail Mildew Removal, Mitigation and Prevention
  • Same Day/Overnight Repair Services
  • Precision Sail Recuts
  • Sail Conversions
  • Canvas Repairs

Meet Your Quantum Team

At Quantum, we’re connected to sailors everywhere by our love of sailing and the belief that facing a challenge head on is infinitely rewarding. With a desire to serve and problem-solving approach, our local team is dedicated to being a trusted resource for all your sailing needs. We look forward to earning your business.

Choose a Team Member

Reed Cleckler

Born and raised in the Hill Country north of San Antonio, TX, Reed Cleckler cut his teeth sailing a Laser on Canyon Lake. In the early days, Reed didn't race at all. Sailing was more of an activity he shared with his Dad. His dad would help rig the boat, push it in the water, then he'd find shady spot from where he could watch and feed Reed tips via a cheap VHF.

The idea of racing sailboats didn't occur to Reed until college when a friend invited him to volunteer at a J/24 regatta on Lake Travis. "I remember getting a call late Friday night from a number I didn't recognize. When I answered, the guy on the other end immediately asked what I weighed, I said 160. Then he told me to put my beer down, not to eat any breakfast and to be ready to race in the morning." After his first race, Reed didn't miss a single J/24 circuit stop for three years.

After several years racing J/24s, J/22s and whatever else he could get a ride on, Reed started thinking about how to turn his weekend hobby into something more. Reed's search for the perfect career had him packing up, and moving to Seabrook, TX, where he found a job as a rigger. In his spare time, he kept sailing as much as possible. After a couple of Texas summers at the shipyard, he got the call he was dreaming about - a sailmaker in the area needed extra hands. He quit his job that afternoon and started work at the loft the next day. Reed worked on the floor building one design and cruising sales for four years becoming a proficient sailmaker which lead him to join Quantum Sails.

Today, Reed is the Loft Service Manager at Quantum Sails in Traverse City. In this role he guides the TC team as they build and service sails from boats in the Great Lakes region.

Swing by or give Reed a call to talk about how he and the TC team can help repair or maintain your inventory. Or to talk about Texas.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Client Care Representative
George Peet

George Peet grew up sailing on the Great Lakes. In college he was a three-time All-American ski racer. After college, Peet left ski racing to pursue sailboat racing full-time. Peet has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to racing sailboats professionally and working on the design of cutting-edge technologies. He sailed around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, is a two-time World Champion, and holds multiple world distance sailing records and national and regional titles in competitive one-design fleets and individually in the Moth Class.

When not racing professionally or on the hunt for a new speed record on his Moth or ice boat, you can find Peet tackling the humbling challenge of racing 100-year-old wooden sailboats (NMs) every summer in his hometown of Harbor Springs, Michigan, or coaching youth ski racers at the local ski hills.

Basic info
  • Position: Grand Prix Customer Service Representative
Career highlights
  • World champion: Melges 32 and Maxi-Class
  • World record holder: 24-hour world monohull speed record ABN AMRO 2
  • Volvo Ocean Race Competitor, 2005-06 race, 4th place
  • International Moth U.S. National and North American Champion
  • Melges 24 multiple U.S. National and North American Championships
  • International Etchells multiple U.S. National and Continental Championships
  • Multiple world distance sailing records: Middle Sea Race, Fastnet Race, Cape Town to Rio, Buenos Aires to Rio
Dave Gerber

Dave Gerber is an experienced sailing professional, coach, and instructor based in Traverse City, MI, where he offers technical sales support and consultation for Quantum Sails.

Dave began working with Quantum Sails President Ed Reynolds in Northern Michigan before the company existed. They began working together at Reynolds Sail Company in Traverse City and then with Sobstad Sails and Shore Sails before Reynolds co-founded Quantum Sails in 1996.

In 2007, Dave left the sailmaking world to sail professionally. He has won multiple National, North American, and World Championships in the J/22, J/24, J/111, Melges 24 and Farr 40 classes. In addition to sailing, Dave has directed sailing programs and coached youth, high school, and adult teams at Traverse Area Community Sailing, Chicago Yacht Club, and Little Traverse Sailors in Harbor Springs, MI.

In 2022, Dave returned to Quantum Sails. He uses his varied background and expertise to help clients get the most out of their sailing experiences. "Something I truly enjoy about sailing and working in the marine industry is our shared passion for the water," said Dave. "It's wonderful to see people I’ve helped enjoy sailing and their time on the lakes, seas, and oceans."

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Chicago
Fluency

English

Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell grew up in central Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation. After college, Sean worked as a backpacking guide and lived in places like the mountains of Virginia, Wyoming, and New Hampshire. Sean and his family moved back to Michigan when their daughter was young to be closer to family.

Sean was introduced to sailing and sailmaking when he began working at Quantum Sails and now enjoys occasionally sailing his Sunfish. Through his time at the loft, Sean has learned various service and sailmaking skills. Initially doing graphic design work for sail graphics, Sean is now also the Service Manager at the Traverse City loft. “Quantum is a great place to work because it is a positive supportive environment. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve worked with and my time at Quantum so far.”

Basic info
  • Position: Service Manager

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