Charter details & Booking

Duration: 4 hours

Price: R15000

Price: $1,142

Price: £824

Price: €934

The Impossible Machine Sailing Vessel

Get ready to step back in time with this unique historical sailing vessel ….

The Howard Davis was designed by Kurt Oehlman and built by Louw and Halvorson as a purpose built naval training vessel in Iroko wood. She was designed with a large saloon with all round visibility to make it suitable for teaching a class of upcoming navigators.  Launched in 1965 at Quay 4 in the Victoria Basin. She spent the next 25 years based at Granger Bay in service with the Academy, during which time she was used for sail training and navigational exercises. In 1971 she was used as guard ship for the first Cape to Rio yacht race under the command of Captain Phil Nankin; and subsequently completed several Atlantic Ocean crossings to South America. In 1991 due to restructuring in the budget as well as the training syllabus of the Academy, she was sold into the private sector.

The current owner has done extensive renovations, passed all Sea Expectance tests and she is once again ready for the open ocean. She has now being repurposed as a recreational vessel known as The Impossible Machine (TIM) Sailing Vessel. It has a maximum capacity of 12 passengers and 3 crew.

Tour Description

On arrival you will be met by fully trained crew. The Impossible Machine (TIM) Sailing Vessel sets sail out of the V&W Waterfront towards the popular Clifton shores, journey into the open Atlantic or sail around Robben Island.


Maximum of 12 passengers


4 hours


Sailing routes are dependent on weather conditions and at the discretion of the skipper. You and your guests safety will always be the primary priority.

What To Wear

Sunglasses, hats, a jersey or windbreaker as well as comfortable shoes. Bring a bathing suit and towel for those keen on taking a dip.


A complimentary welcome drink of champagne or a non alcoholic cocktail is offered upon arrival. Coffee, milk, hot chocolate and ice is onboard. We are also able to provide you with your required refreshments at an additional cost, to be arranged in advance. Otherwise you are more than welcome to bring your own refreshments.


Various menu options for the snacks & cocktail dishes is available. Should you wish to have any this will need to booked in advance and confirmed at least 2 weeks before your scheduled charter. Otherwise you are more than welcome to bring your own snacks.

Entertainer / Music

At an additional cost bespoke trips such a birthday parties and live performance shows can be arranged, by well-known singer and songwriter, Ard Matthews, the front man of South African band Just Jinjer and more. There is also an onboard sound system with USB connection if you wish to bring your own music.


Full crew and fuel. Exclusive use of the yacht. Complimentary welcome drink. Light nibbles (chips, peanuts). Ice. Crockery, cutlery and glasses. Variety of water toys such as SUP boards and a spinnaker swing.


Catering, alcohol & refreshments and any other add-ons.

Additional activities

Guest are more than welcome to get involved as crew onboard and enjoy the sailing adventure.

Add on some water sport activities such as Jet Ski’s, Adventure boat rides on the high speed rubber duck. Snorkelling with the Cape Fur Seals - only available on 3 hours+ charters.


The vessel will have strict COVID-19 Protocols in place and require all clients to please follow all regulations when entering the premises in order to reduce transmission. Here are a few simple steps to follow: 1) Please wear masks when entering the premises. 2) Sanitising of hands and temperature checks will be conducted before entering. 3) Client details are required for Track & Trace purposes. 4) Be aware of social distancing.


Please note that changes from the South African Government or SAMSA could change the total pax allowed onboard. Currently 10 pax maximum allowed onboard. Currently no alcohol is allowed to be consumed onboard.

Choose your timeslot


Additional details

High Speed Boat

Hire a 8 seater rubber duck while on your yacht cruise for a high speed adventure boat ride experience

Exclusive Seal Snorkeling

Add this unique experience onto your yacht charter as a private guided Seal Snorkeling tour. Experience one of the most unique features that the Mother City has to offer, snorkeling with Cape Fur Seals in Cape Town. Maximum 6 snorkelers. Includes snorkel equipment.

Jet Ski Hire

Add on a Jetski to your private charter. R3,000 per hour, per jet ski. Maximum 6 x guests per Jetski - 10 min each. There are 4 jet skis dependent on availability. Ts and Cs apply.

Booking Summary - 4 Hour - The Impossible Machine (TIM) Sailing Vessel

Number of seats: ONE   R15000   $1,142 |   €934 |   £824 |

Total R15000

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