PLEASE NOTE: BOATSETTER NOW REQUIRES CHARGING A FEE FOR CAPTAINED CHARTERS. I HAVE DEDUCTED THIS FROM MY BOAT PRICE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY IT. TO DETERMINE THE FINAL PRICE ADD THE FOLLOWING CAPTAIN FEE TO THE BOAT PRICE: 4 HOURS - $240 (total would normally be $500-, now $396- during July), 6 HOURS $340 (normal total $550-, July total $466-), 8 HOURS $425 (normal total $600-, July total $530-). Price includes up to 6 passengers, and does NOT include first responder / teacher / nurse / military 15% discount (so you can possibly save even MORE!).
I am fully vaccinated (Pfizer) and boosted, and have been doing charters again since May 2021, and it feels GREAT! That being said, for the time being and likely until the CDC says we have herd immunity PROOF OF FULL CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION PLUS BOOSTER WILL BE REQUIRED OF ALL PASSENGERS 12 AND OLDER PRIOR TO BOARDING. This is not a Boatsetter requirement, it is mine; it is not flexible, there will be no exceptions and I am not willing to discuss or debate it. I will not have my boat be the reason that Covid or one of it’s variants was able to spread. The upside is that since we are all vaxxed masks will will not be required when aboard; we can breathe easy and have some sense of normalcy! All CDC and local health dept. requirements and recommendations will be followed, which is easy when we are all vaccinated. :-) I am REALLY enjoying taking people out on the Bay again and helping everyone reset and enjoy themselves again!
OK, back to the original description: First off - A little about me; I'm a retired fire captain, and I have been taking friends and family out for the 30 plus years I have been sailing. So the past few years doing charters as a USCG licensed captain has come very naturally to me. Secondly, Invictus and I are a package deal. She is my retirement boat, she doesn’t go out without me. That said if you are an experienced helmsman I can be very much in the background. I also love to get people out on the water sailing who have not experienced the sport and may not normally have the opportunity. So even though my reviews are all 5 star, my rates are still competitive. :-) Third, why charter with me? There are many choices of very nice boats and fine captains on Boatsetter and other sources, this is a good question.
These are some of the reasons why you should come sailing with me: While I am a very seasoned and experienced and have been sailing for over 30 years, I only recently (2017) became a USCG certified Captain for boats after my retirement from the fire service (my last 10 years as a Captain) and started doing charters (and I love it! I have done nearly 100 charters so far!). I am keenly aware that my competition is very stiff. So the first reason is that bearing this in mind I try to make sure that my boat is one of the least expensive (if not THE least expensive) compared to similar boats, while being just as nice, capable and comfortable. I believe that I am one of the best, and maybe even THE best value for sailing on the Bay. - I do not charge extra for my services as Captain, and you can be as involved or not involved with the running of the boat as your ability and desire dictate (and I am happy to give informal sailing lessons for those wishing to learn). I also do not charge for fuel (it's a sailboat.... it really doesn't use that much even when the motor is running). - While I do have a tour that I recommend (because it is hard to beat), we can go wherever you would like, time and circumstances permitting (McCovey Cove to anchor next to a Giants game, Clipper Cove at Treasure Island for some beach time, it's all your call). My usual / recommended tour is pick up at Pier 1 1/2, sail past and do a close flyby of Alcatraz, then out to Angel Island for lunch / beach time / hiking / whatever. After lunch we sail up along Sausalito / Marin and then out under the Golden Gate Bridge to hopefully spot some porpoises (which I see about 75% of the time) and if we are real lucky maybe even a whale or two (if it's the right time of year, and I have seen them by the Golden Gate a few of times now)! Then we turn around, and do a nice relaxing downwind sail back in under the Golden Gate, past the San Francisco city waterfront, going by sights such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf (with a WWII liberty ship and submarine), Pier 39 (& the sea lions) and the Embarcadero, finishing up right around 5pm back at Pier 1 1/2. Sound like an awesome day? That's because it is! - Personal attention and planning. My services begin long before the day of the charter, as I will work with you prior to the day of your sail to custom tailor your sailing experience to any kind of event. My charters to date have included six surprise marriage proposals (they all said "YES!"), an overnight 2 day getaway for a couple, and several birthday celebrations. Once you are aboard I am not just your Captain but your host, you will be treated like friends, and I (along with any crew, if present) will do everything I can to provide for your comfort, fun and safety; from having a bluetooth linked stereo ready for your playlist (or you can use my Spotify) to making sure you get the perfect picture while out on our adventure. I LOVE helping people to have a good time! - As a dad myself who has raised kids going out sailing all the time, children are MORE than welcome aboard Invictus. - Also, I don't care who you are, where you're from, the color of your skin, what you look like, who you love, or what you do or don't believe. All are welcome aboard S/V Invictus, and our day will be about sailing, adventure, the sea, discovery and, most of all, FUN! Every time you look out on the Bay I want you to remember our day as a happy place you can go to when all the silly nonsense we all have to deal with back on shore in the real world becomes a bit much. :-) (it's what I do when things start getting to me...). - Finally, for my brothers and sisters who are still putting themselves in harms way for the benefit of others - all firefighters who are members of the IAFF, active duty law enforcement officers, active duty military, EMTs / Paramedics as well as any currently working nurses or teachers will receive 15% off any booking! My (21 year) watch is over. Thank you for still standing yours. I would love to give you a well-deserved break. So those are the reasons I think that I stand apart from the other very fine captains and boats available to you, and I would be honored and delighted if you would join me for a great day on the Bay. :-) Now, about the boat: Pearson yachts are known for build quality, performance and comfort thanks to their efficient layout and use of space (the larger sister ships to Invictus, the 36 Mark II with the exact same layout and build, were recently featured as one of the best affordable bluewater cruisers in a book dedicated to such - ”Bluewater Sailing on a Budget” by Capt. Jim Elfers). Invictus is a great example of this, as one of the 33 Mark II models she feels bigger than 33', her 11' beam providing ample elbow room below, her 3 cabin layout providing privacy when desired (with actual doors) and her head, located port and aft, makes for a much less, um, "exciting" experience if you have to use the facilities while underway than more traditional sailboats with the head forward just before the V-berth (where you experience much more of the boat's pitching), and even has a shower (with hot and cold pressurized water). Invictus also features a VERY large cooler and plenty of storage space for provisions and gear. She has a galley with a sink and hot and cold pressurized water, a propane stove, and a Magma marine BBQ mounted on her stern pulpit. So bring whatever food and beverages you'd like, and we can even fire up the Q! Thanks to the inventive cabin design, her main salon can comfortably seat 6 for a meal. She also sports new mainsail (February 2020), new standing rigging (as of September 2017) , a 16 hp Yannmar diesel that runs like a swiss clock, depth sounder, knot meter, Raymarine wheel autopilot, chart plotter, radar, 2-speed self-tailing winches, GPS enabled DSC VHF radio, stereo with bluetooth and remote, Pineapple 95% roller furling jib, and a flat screen TV, DVD player and (while on shore power) microwave.