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About Myself and White Maiden II

Skipper/Owner - 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.

We 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 the 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 full time.

Lymington
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 SatNav. 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 hill). Pass Berthon Marina on your left, pass Bath Road car park and the Sailing Clubs, all on your left, pass '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! P
arking is FREE and available all year round. Park 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 refuelling/lifting area.

Lymington harbour gives us many options, ranging from the sheltered waters of the Solent, to English Channel, French Coast and Channel Islands. See Lymington.org for more general information about the Town, places to stay and surrounding area.

                     

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.

Key Benefits

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Two Hulls, Two Engines, Two fuel tanks, nearly two of everything. This makes 'White Maiden II' a safe boat.

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White Maiden II is economical, allowing 'Value For Money' whole boat charters.

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She's very comfortable and extremely quiet underway.

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Top speed is around 25knts with a cruising speed around 17knts.

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Licensed for 12 passengers + 2 crew.

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Small crews can fish two rods in comfort.

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The 4.2m Beam, 11m LOA, provides a very spacious and comfortable fishing platform.

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I am qualified with a 'Certificate of  Education' through Totton College and Greenwich University, patience is afforded!


White Maiden, my previous boat, now operates as a race start boat called 'Cowes Unite'. She 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.

Boating History
This 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!

Fishing CV
In 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!

Coaching
Coaching 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.