Invictus is a 1983 True North Cutter
34’, heavy displacement
, full keel
, blue water
yacht designed by Stan Huntingford, built by windship marine
at $85,000 U.S. firm, docked in Bellingham, WA.
More photos and information can be found at the facebook site "sailinginvictus"
For the last several years Invictus was prepared for serious cruising. Improvements and work
were done on the boat
to bring her to a state ready for very reliable, long term, serious world cruising, and that state was achieved in 2019. This is a rare boat for sale
in which years and lots of money
were spent in preparing her, and yet is being sold at this state of readiness. Approximately $185,000 were spent in upgrades, improvements, reinforcements, new parts
and rebuilds over the last three years… turning an already well maintained boat, to a very solid, safe and reliable boat. Much of this work
was done by, or in consultation with, other marine
professionals (Brion Toss, Hal Thiesen, B+J fiberglass
, Peterson’s welding and fabrication). Invictus was professionally checked from stem to stern and mast
. Every part of the boat was checked, and work was done to Invictus to make her completely ready for any conditions anywhere. Previous to this work, Invictus had already been sailed multiple times to Hawaii
, and Alaska
. The boat has always been set up and sailed as a bluewater
Simple, thoughtful, clean, reliable systems were installed, and some complicated failure prone systems were removed. The equipment
and systems are mostly manual, sturdy, and repairable, with low electricity demands. Invictus was setup to be a simple, reliable boat for comfortable long term cruising
and offshore passage
making. The owner of this boat and installer of, commissioner for, all improvements for the last several years is a professional expedition sailing leader and captain
of fifteen years, an American Sailing Association advanced sailing instructor, and water rescue
Most boats that are on the higher end of their market values for their make and model, are priced due to expensive electronics
and complicated systems add-ons. Rather, Invictus’ additional value is due to the inspecting, rebuilding, and reinforcing that was done. Invictus is the right boat for a person who doesn’t want to spend the additional $20,000-$30,000 in parts/equipment and years in hard labor and shopping
, or additional $150,000 in hired work, but rather wants a boat that is truly ready to go anywhere, for 15% of the additional cost, and 0% of the additional time required to get her there.
Compared to sister boats of the same class and caliber as a True North, such as a Hans Christian 33, or a Baba 35, True Norths have a more spacious and efficient interior
layout, have more water
carrying capacity, as well as being much better sailors all around… True Norths have better windward pointing ability and far better light wind
performance. The trade
off for these advantages is that they need to be reefed earlier and more frequently.
1983 True North Cutter
34’, designed by Stan Huntingford, built by windship marine in Vancouver
LOD 34’. LOA
40’ including bow sprit and boom kin.
Beam 11’ Displacement
24,000 lbs. Ballast 8,500 lbs. Draft
Full keel with stern hung rudder
Note: Invictus is cutter rigged, with cutter sail, and removeable inner stay, though most photos will show the inner stay and sail removed for easier coastal sailing. Also, despite older photos showing hank on jib
, Invictus does have roller furling
, and other improvements not shown in older photos.
Fresh Water aluminum tanks
150 gallons, Diesel
alluminum tank 125 gallons.
Coast Guard documented boat
Work done on Invictus has taken care of all foreseeable structural maintenance
needs for the next 15 to 20 years. Pending an early sale
, work done by the end of this fall will take care of all foreseeable cosmetic needs work as well for the next 5 to 10 years, with the exception of the dodger
and bottom paint
Inventory and features:
44lb Bruce Anchor
with 300’ of rode
(200’ of 5/16” high test chain new 2017, with an additional 100’ of 3/4” rope)
400' of additonal 5/8" rode
in various depths
ABI Solid Bronze manual windlass
. (Wired and set up for easy electric windlass
install if so desired after purchase
. Electric windlass
was previously on the boat and was removed.)
New Schaeffer Roller furler
2019, with new 120% furling Genoa
with two reef points, and constructed with “offshore features” 2020.
Hank on heavy weather
Full Main Sail with three deep reefs
for offshore work
12’ to 24’ forepar whisker pole, with whisker pole track on mast
Extra track on mast for tri sail main
Double Hayn backstay insulators for SSB
(2) Two speed winches for headsail, (2) single
speed winches for stay sail, (3) single
speed winches on mast.
Aries self steering windvane
High output tow water generator
4108 Diesel engine
, rebuilt in 2010, with full stock of spares for long term voyage.
2 automatic bilge
pumps, 1 manual bilge pump
Sleeps 6 to 7 people, with double v-berth, double port setee, single starboard setee (with lee cloth), and small double quarterberth.
2 deep cycle house batteries
2016, 1 starter battery
400 watt solar
charge controller wired to solar panels
and water generator
2 Xantrec Link1000 Battery
True Charge 20 Battery charger
1000 watt inverter
Brass Barometer, Clock, and Inclinometer.
of planked solid teak
with laid teak
and holly cabin sole
3 burner Force 10 gimballed propane stove
New specialized lightweight rustproof kevlarglass composite propane tanks
(2) , 2019
Novacool large refridgerator and large freezer
floor raises to convert cockpit
into full size outdoor sleeping.
Custom bug screens for portlights
C-Head brand mahogany style composting toilet 2017.
Standard Horizon Matrix GX2200 VHF
JRC color Radar
and chart plotter with GPS
. Comes with northwest electronic chart cards.
+ Depth sounder
, can be operated from security
Bulkhead mounted compass
with light, can be seen from cockpit and cabin
Custom cockpit spray clothes, 2019
Custom cockpit canopy for underway protection from rain and sun, 2019
Large cockpit awning for stationary shelter
(wood, coal, pellets) fireplace.
Easy access to engine
Hanging locker under companion way for wet gear
Very large step-in aft storage
room below cockpit, that can be accessed via cockpit or cabin
. Unique feature to these True Norths.
Improvements and work done on Invictus:
All new standing rigging
installed from top to bottom in 2019, with Hayn himod fittings and insulators, which are the highest quality parts
in production. Professional rigging inspection
done by Master Rigger Brion Toss, and refit
of rigging was done according to his specifications.
Mast, spars, spreaders and chainplates were inspected, resealed, and reinforced where needed 2018/19.
Full custom solid stainless steel
railings around entire perimeter of boat instead of lifelines
New underway, quick-setup and stowing custom sunbrella cockpit canopy, to shelter from rain and sun while underway, 2019
New custom sunbrella cockpit spray clothes, 2019.
All throughhulls and seacocks checked and replaced as needed, 2018
All unnecessary through hulls removed and professionally filled in. This boat only has 2 below water line through hulls, making for a very safe arrangement.
professionally inspected by B+J fiberglass
, any dents or gouges were professionally filled in and reinforced, 2018
Pintels and gudgeons professionally inspected and rebuilt, 2018.
All new 316 stainless steel
bolts for pintels and gudgeons, 2018.
New boomgallows with leather guards, and new dodger coaming, were built with solid Sapelle mahogany, 2018.
New sunbrella boomgallow cover 2018.
New roller furling
New Schaeffer, top of the line roller furler
Protective sleeves on shrouds 2017.
resealed, inspected, and reinforced 2018. No deck leaks
inspected, resealed and reinforced, 2018
Refurbished rare ABI solid bronze manual windlass
New custom teak refrigerator
New bottom paint
, boot stripe and accent stripe, 2018.
Full remodel of main salon
seating area, changing inefficient and impractical “U” shaped seating, to accessible and open seating that allows for lounging, eating, and extra sleeping accommodations. This space was also designed to possibly serve as an infant/toddler area. 2018
New HD36 foam with memory foam tops for main salon
, included, 2020. To be installed soon.
Wood heating stove
Solid teak center dining table with fold out leaf end, 2018.
New specialized lightweight rustproof kevlarglass composite propane tanks (2) , 2019
Double USB ports
in cockpit 2018
Boat electrical system
inspected, cleaned up, and rewired where needed, 2019.
New starter battery 2020. New house batteries
Custom 3/4” solid plexiglass companion way door, strong enough for offshore use in all conditions, allows for lots more light into cabin. Also has backup teak hatchboards.
Custom vented propane tank holders (2) are recessed into aft deck providing an ample supply of propane, 2005.
Double stainless steel galley
sink included, not yet installed.
4 new docklines 2017, extra long to accommodate all docking
situations in foreign ports
Larger bronze cowls installed, 2016
New two tone deck paint
Many more photos can be found on the facebook site "sailinginvictus"