15% DISCOUNT FOR FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, EMTs, NURSES MILITARY AND TEACHERS! (read full description)
33' LOA, 11' beam
Head, galley, hot & cold pressurized water
Roller furling jib
2 speed self-tailing winches
16 hp Yannmar diesel motor
Knot meter, depth sounder, auto pilot
DSC VHF w/GPS
Stereo w/bluetooth and remote
Heater (elect. / propane)
Shore power (when on shore power: TV, DVD, microwave, electric heater).
Answers to FAQ:
- For those not familiar with sailboats, yes, Invictus also has a motor as well; a very reliable 16 hp Yannmar diesel that runs like a Swiss clock that can get us to / back from wherever we need to go if there is no wind (or too much of it).
- Yes, I do overnight / multiday charters, in fact I encourage them. You are responsible for any mooring / berth fees, but I will knock off $15- a day from the price of the charter to help cover that.
- The price you pay is for the boat and my services as Captain for the entire day, starting at 9 am (or later, if you'd like) until 1/2 hour after sunset (at which point my insurance requires that the charter either be over and my passengers ashore or in the case of an overnight booking be in a berth or at anchor). It is not per person, and includes up to 6 passengers total (not counting myself or any crew I have helping me). Yes, it really is that good of a deal. :-)
- The Coast Guard rules governing my license limit me to 6 passengers, not counting Captain (me) and crew. This is a hard and fast rule, and I can NOT take extra people for an additional fee. Besides, that limit makes sure that you have plenty of elbow room and an enjoyable cruise. :-)
- If time is tight, I can do pick up /drop off at Pier 39 or another location as well instead of Jack London Square (45 min from the Bay), you will be responsible for any applicable docking fees ($35- in the case of Pier 39).
- I can take you out under the Golden Gate and about a mile past it (where you will often see critters such as porpoises, sea lions, dolphins, and depending upon the time of year, even whales), but that is far as my current Captain's license will allow (even though I have done coastal cruising myself and anticipate having my license upgraded to do mulit-day coastal cruising by 2019).
- Yes, kids are welcome! They must be old enough to follow directions, and, in the case of smaller children, have at least one adult within arms reach and watching them at all times. With that being said, our kids grew up being on sailboats most of the summer, in the case of our 11 year old son (Aidan, Invictus's First Mate who sometimes helps me crew on charters) since he was 18 months old. Sailing is a wonderful way for kids to experience the Bay, and we would love to welcome the whole family aboard. :-)
First off - why am I renting such a nice boat for so little money? Well, I'm the new kid on the block. I'm a retired fire captain, and while I have been taking friends and family out for the 25 years I have been sailing, I am a newly minted Coast Guard licensed boat captain, and want to get people going out on my boat so I can hone my skills as a host (S/V Invictus is my retirement boat, so we are a package deal... though if you are an experienced sailor I can be very much in the background). I also like to get people out on the water sailing who have not experienced the sport and may not normally have the opportunity. So book now at the introductory rate before the summer season and all of the good reviews force me to raise the price!
Also, for my brothers and sisters who are 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 currently employed in EMS as well as any currently working nurses or teachers will receive 15% off any booking! After 21 years on the job I know what you have seen, what you do and what you go through. I would love to give you a well deserved break.
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 36-2 with the exact same layout and built, were recently featured as one of the best affordable bluewater cruisers in a book dedicated to such).
Invictus is a great example of this, as one of the 33-2 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).
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.
Thanks to the inventive cabin design, her main salon can comfortably seat 6 for a meal. She also sports new (as of September 2017) standing rigging, a 16 hp Yannmar diesel with less than 800 hours on it that runs like a swiss clock, depth sounder, knot meter, brand new (December 2017) Raymarine wheel autopilot, 2-speed self-tailing winches, GPS enabled DSC VHF radio, stereo with bluetooth and remote, nearly new Pineapple 110 roller furling jib, and a flat screen TV, DVD player and microwave while on shore power.
The Pearson 33-2s, in addition to being rigorous enough to stand up to bluewater (or any blow that the Bay can hand out, especially with her new standing rigging, which being as stout as it was cost me 2x what normal rigging would!) have a PHRF rating of 147. So while she won't be catching any J-boats, I have had her well north of 8 knots on a beam reach and nearly 11 knots on a run surfing waves coming back in under the Gate. So she can deliver a comfortable easy sailing experience or, if you have the skill and want a more exciting sailing experience, she can throw up more canvas and provide a screaming, hair on fire, gunnels in the water adrenaline run if you have the wind and the guts to do so! :-)
So just let Sailing Vessel Invictus or her skipper know what kind of sailing experience you'd like on the Bay (and yes, "both" is a perfectly acceptable answer!) and we will deliver it! (and coming soon - "Sail n' Sip" wine tasting packages with SF Winery on Treasure Island!).
- Cap'n Jon
I booked a trip with Jon for my 30th birthday. Our group of 6 ventured from San Francisco to Angel Island for lunch and a short hike, and then back to Treasure Island for wine tasting in the afternoon. It was an INCREDIBLE trip and I could not have asked for a better Captain. So knowledgeable and friendly, Jon Johnson was very easy to work with and made my 30th birthday extra special. Invictus was a beautiful, clean and comfortable vessel that was perfect for our group. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
What an amazing adventure. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant and professional captain and the boat was spacious and beautifully maintained. We would highly recommend this option to anyone seeking a truly memorable experience.