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About 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 Charter Vessel.

 'White Maiden II' a massive 11 metre, eight tonne power catamaran, sporting twin 200Hp Suzuki Outboards. We are licensed for 12 passengers and two crew. A normal trip for me is for myself and up to eight anglers. She is a cracking BWSeaCat 'S.P.E.E.D. 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.

 

Lymington
Lymington is a fantastic little harbour. My pick up point is at the
Lymington Harbourmaster Pontoon in the Bath Road Car Park, close to the back Garden of the Mayflower PH, public toilets and Harbour River Commissioners office. Parking is about 8 per car per day but early on there is parking in the road. I also pickup from Yarmouth.

Directions to Lymington, Bath Road Car Park:
 SO41 3SE for your SatNav. Or from Brockenhurst or New Milton or Beaulieu, head to Lymington and the Marinas. At the bottom of the high street, go straight on (don't turn right up Lymington High Street hill). Pass Berthon Marina on your left, arrive at Bath Road car park and the Sailing Clubs. The pickup pontoon is in front of the RNLI slipway.

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 December 2016.

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
Since 2006 I have been 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.