About Myself and White Maiden II
- Les Jones
I am a Yachtmaster Offshore, commercially qualified, allowing me to master
any power vessel up to to 200T anywhere offshore to 60 miles from a safe
haven, to the French Coast and the Channel Islands. I have been commercially
licensed now since 2006 and this is my third and last Charter Vessel.
In my first two years as
a Sports Charter Skipper in 2006 I owned and ran 'Due South' out of
Lymington. I then ran ''White
Maiden' a BWSeaCat Classic 995 for 8.5 years. We now have 'White Maiden II'
a cracking BWSeaCat SPEED 11.
don't have to travel huge distances to find the fish with plenty of options
within ten miles of the Needles but we can head well offshore now too, to
South, East and West of the famous lighthouse, wrecking and Bassing. We also have very good
and close plan B's in Christchurch Bay and the Solent.
Since the age of
five I have lived just a mile from Lepe beach and still do. Lepe and the
mouth of Beaulieu River and the Western Solent is still a great area but my favourite area
is now the Needles at the far West point of the West Wight.
I fished from the shore when
very young and have owned a boat since 17 years old and qualified as a 'Day Skipper' at 21 years old.
I qualified as
'Coastal Yachtmaster', along with a commercial endorsement, in January 2006.
This was a part time venture until July 2013 and since then have been
Lymington is a
fantastic little harbour. My pick
up point is at
Lymington Yacht Haven, close
to the Haven Bistro, toilets and main office. Parking is free to my crew
customers. I also pickup from Yarmouth.
Directions to Lymington Yacht Haven
From Brockenhurst -
use SO41 3QD for your
Or head to Lymington, and enter from the North. Head for the IOW Ferry and
then Marinas. At the bottom of the high street, go straight on (don't turn right up the High Street
Berthon Marina on your left,
Bath Road car
park and the Sailing Clubs, all on your left,
'The Mayflower' pub,
on the left, keep left down the narrow Kings Salterns Road, then turn left at Nick Cox Chandlers,
and go through the barrier, you are there!
Parking is FREE and available all year round.
sensibly and note that the car park immediately outside the Haven
Bistro/Office is 1 hour maximum. For safety reasons don't walk across the
Lymington harbour gives us
many options, ranging from the sheltered waters of the Solent, to English Channel,
French Coast and Channel Islands. See
more general information about the Town, places to stay and surrounding
White Maiden II is
now my current vessel, since the second week of 2017.
She is a beauty and in my humble
opinion future proof. Time will tell. She is reasonably frugal on fuel for this size of
vessel, faster and has a much larger
carrying capacity (displacement) than I have had before. Plus I can now take up to twelve passengers
if I want to.
Two Hulls, Two Engines, Two fuel
tanks, nearly two of everything. This makes 'White Maiden II' a safe boat.
II is economical, allowing 'Value For Money' whole boat charters.
She's very comfortable and extremely quiet underway.
Top speed is
around 25knts with a cruising speed around 17knts.
Licensed for 12 passengers + 2 crew.
crews can fish two rods in comfort.
The 4.2m Beam,
11m LOA, provides a very spacious and comfortable
I am qualified with a
'Certificate of Education' through Totton College and Greenwich
University, patience is afforded!
Maiden, my previous boat, now operates as a race start boat called 'Cowes
is a 10m BWSeaCat Classic 995 Motor Cat with a
4.2m beam, built 'local' at Wicor Marine, near Fareham. She is fitted
with a pair of 70Hp Yamaha Outboards, giving an amazing 20 knots top speed and
cruising lovely at 17Knts through the water.
On the right is 'White Maiden' heading up
tide for another drift mid-channel, fishing for Cod mid-summer.
is my twelfth year as a
Commercially endorsed Skipper, running my own boats. My latest charter
vessel 'White Maiden II' went into service 18th January 2017. Since June 2008, I ran 'White Maiden'
out from Lymington Yacht Haven.
Before 'White Maiden',
I ran 'Due South', a 26' South charter boat, also in Lymington. I purchased 'Due South'
in 2005. Prior to 'Due South', a Shetland 570, was my preferred 'angling machine'.
I was moored at
Brickyard Quay, Exbury on the Beaulieu River. Before that and for twelve
years from the same
moorings, I ran a 17' Wilson Flyer. This was the perfect inexpensive dinghy,
ideal for a family man on a small budget. I also had a 16' Orkney Strikeliner
for some of this time. From 1987 I ran a very
slow but lovely Aquastar 20' from my moorings in Ashlett Creek, Southampton
Water. In 1983 I had a part share in a 20' boat moored at Keyhaven and also
played with a Dijon 14'. My first boat, bought in 1977 local and sold to a
neighbour, was a Mayland '14' with a Seagull outboard. The Seagull engine
always started reliably on the fortieth pull!
my distant past I was the Club Secretary of Southampton Telephones SAC from
the tender age of twenty. Soon after I became the Boat Commodore (the person that
organises charter boats every month). I did that for 7 years, organising
boats out from Keyhaven with Ray Pitt and others. During this time I was club champion a few times
and caught some great fish, mainly with Ray Pitt on Lady M.
I then started to fish with more competitive clubs like Hardley and District
SAC, Bridge Tavern SAC and as a boat owner I began to fish obsessively for Esso
Fawley SAC (now Ashlett SAC). I was club champion at least once which is no
mean feat and runner up a number of times. We fished for points and
literally a table full of big old silver trophies. No money, hence no cheating,
it was just for pride. I fished national
competitions a few times and some of the big local species competitions but never had a
large enough budget to compete on a level playing field with the best, so I
didn't pursue that.
Since skippering charter boats I am still amazed
just how relaxed some fishing clubs are. It's great to see!
has always been part of my home and working life. I gained a Certificate of
Education, graduating from Greenwich University in 2000. I was a Technical
Trainer for Racal/Thales/Nice. I coached Junior Rugby for twelve years on a
Sunday from 1996. From 2012 to 2104, I
was the Fawley RFC Director of Rugby and Club
Coach Co-ordinator. Basically I understand learning and that beginner trips should be good fun
not a test. The Solent and Christchurch
Bay often provides a convenient and sheltered fishing haven for experienced and
inexperienced sea anglers alike. Lymington is an ideal port.