Meet the Skipper
Ron Johns love of the sea began as a child with outings on the family boat and fishing with his father in the Victoria area. After spending 30 years working in Northern BC, he returned to the coast in 2003.
Ron started his formal training in 1990 by completing a “Cruise and Learn” course. After a couple of charters, he was “bitten” by the sailing bug. He continued to upgrade his skills by completing a coastal navigation course, piloting, advanced piloting and a marine weather course. Ron also holds a restricted radio operators license.
As a previous owner of a Hunter 26 sailboat for 12 years and currently, a Beneteau 400 for the past 10 years, he has logged countless hour sailing. During his years in Prince George as a Professional Land Surveyor, he also skippered sailboat charters on Stuart Lake. He has an extensive knowledge of the nearby Salish Sea, including negotiating the tides and currents of the Gulf Island waters.
Ron has demonstrated his interest and competence on the water, through his participation in white water canoeing, as an advanced open water scuba diver and previously, a flat water canoeing instructor. His love of the outdoors includes hiking, backpacking, camping and most recently, he obtained his airplane pilots license.
You will find his easy going and friendly manner make him a hospitable host for your charter.
About the Boat
RJ’s Charters is happy to offer charters on “Intuwishin”, a Beneteau Oceanis 400. She is a forty foot sloop rig sailboat.
A large open cockpit easily seats six persons and the decks are large and uncluttered. Below the accommodations are spacious and versatile. There is seating for six at the salon table, a complete galley and three staterooms. There are two heads (marine toilets) both with hot and cold running water.
Electronics include auto pilot, GPS, speed and depth instruments, VHF radio and CD stereo system.
Sails include a roller furling genoa and fully battened main with a lazy jack lowering system. Auxiliary power is provided by a 50hp diesel engine. She can reach up to 8 knots and can sail safe in rough conditions
The Area – Sidney/North Saanich
Located on the Saanich peninsula about 20 minutes north of Victoria is the town of Sidney. Here are located many tourist facilities including eateries, accommodations and attractions. The area is home to many marina’s and boating service’s.
Our charters leave from the North Saanich Marina which is five minutes north of Sidney, near the BC Ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. Specific directions will be provided in the registration package.