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Quantum Sails Traverse City

Address:

1576 International Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
USA

Email

Contact this loft

Phone

Main: 231-941-1222
Fax: 231-941-7770

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: Loft Service Manager
Peter Norcross

Growing up on Grand Traverse Bay, Peter Norcross spent his childhood sailing the Great Lakes with family, friends, and neighbors. He spent his earlier years simply cruising around, but where ever there were two boats, there was a race, so he easily shifted gears. Over the years, he’s raced Optimists, Lasers, Lightnings, J/24s, J/29s, and Beach Cats, plus DN ice boats during the winter.

Not only is Peter comfortable on the water, he’s also an accomplished sailmaker. He learned to make sails with Quantum Sails owner Ed Reynolds. Peter started making and designing sails at the beginning of computer aided design/manufacturing, and has done just about everything in the business. He even spent ten years selling sail cloth with Bainbridge International. When he returned to Traverse City in 2008, he also returned to Quantum Sails.

When Peter works with a client, it’s an educational process. He takes the time to share his knowledge of the industry and trends to bring clients up to speed on the latest designs and technology so they can make the most informed decisions. Because of his extensive experience in the industry, Peter excels at helping his customers figure out exactly what they want, as well as what they need.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Warranty Manager
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
Connor Vliet

Connor Vliet grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and got his first taste of sailing on a Hobie Cat on Lake Michigan. In high school, he started racing 420s, 470s, and a J/130. Throughout his teens, Connor taught sailing at Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. His passion for sailing instruction has been a constant ever since.

After working a few summers with Hoofer Sailing Club in Madison, Wisconsin, Connor joined the delivery crew for the Appledore II and spent time in the tall ship and delivery scene. He also taught sailing in Key Largo, Florida, before moving to San Francisco to teach at Treasure Island Sailing Center, where he ran sailing courses for youth, adult, and physically and visually impaired people.

San Francisco Bay provided one of the best sailing playgrounds possible, and Connor ended up securing crew positions on a variety of luxury yachts and other big boats. His favorite gig was as a crew member on Oracle's America's Cup Class yacht USA 76 during the company's corporate team-building trips. While living in the Bay Area, Connor received a business degree from the University of San Francisco. After graduation, Connor secured a summer sponsorship for Oakcliff Sailing in Long Island, NY.

At Oakcliff, Connor participated in match racing, high-performance dinghy training, and, his favorite, offshore racing. Over the summer, Connor developed an appreciation for the idea that 80 percent of offshore sailing is preparation: getting the boat, rig, and sails ready, provisioning, and weather routing. In particular, Connor focused on emergency preparedness, which has continued to be an interest of his. "I switch into high gear when something goes wrong on the water, whether out with friends on an inland lake just messing around or 500 miles from land preparing for a nasty storm on the horizon. When it 'hits the fan,' my mind clears and I can focus on the whole situation while triaging problems and coming up with solutions on the fly."

Connor eventually found Quantum after visiting the Quantum booth at a boat show. He currently wears a few hats at the company, including sailmaker, sales representative, and manager of Quantum's ReSail Store.

Basic info
  • Position: Sailmaker, Sales Representative

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