Built in 2007, Le Jouannet (LJ) has spent her years as a charter boat, mostly under the careful care of Fairview Sailing, Port Hamble. I know sharing a boat isn’t everyone’s idea of boat ownership nirvana however on the plus side she was moored just over an hour drive from home and the charterer income helped us to enjoy cheaper sailing. In addition to this, because of the certificated condition she attained we were able to donate her to the Ellen Macarther Cancer Trust on a regular basis to use with their young people’s trips, an association we will always be proud to have been part of.
As the years passed, and sexier boats joined the fleet, the bookings naturally slowed down and so with our four year plan in place we took her out of charter in September 2017 for a six month refurbishment. The first thing that hit us was the speed at which six months can pass which runs almost in parallel to how quick our savings disappeared.
The first few months were spent redesigning the front cabin to make larger beds. (we’re both quite tall) and having comfortable new mattresses made. The toilets were ripped out along with all the associated pipework and swapped to nice shiny replacements. All the old lighting went too, replaced with amazing LED’s and of course new blinds.
Were we ready by our April D-Day ? – Course not – as I’ve often been told by the eloquent Mr Hearsey of Fairview Sailing – “it’s an ongoing project” which I couldn’t agree with more. So as we set off into the unknown we travel with tool kits, repair kits and spares galore!
|Length||43ft / 13.1 metres|
|Keel||Fin Keel of 1.8 metres|
|Berths||3 double (1 ensuite)|
|General looks||Very pretty|
|Mainsail||41.5 sq m|
|Genoa .||49.50 sq m|
|Additional Sails||Asymmetric Cruising chute.|
|Water Tanks||2 x 200 litre|
|Fuel Tank||200 litre|
|Height of Mast||18.5 metres|
|Wheels / Helm||Twin with Bow Thruster|
|Navigation .||Raymarine E80, Navioncs data Card with radar and AIS|
|Steers in reverse||As all women, only when she’s in a good mood|
|Extra electrical power||Fisher Panda Generator, Solar Panels, Mastervolt Invertor|
|Extra’s for a princess||Washing Machine (IMP Products)|
|GM Espace Cooker (Levante 3)|
|Length||6’4” / 1.9 metres|
|Qualification||Yacht Master (Standards were low that day)|
|History||Sailed Dinghies and Windsurfers since School. Learnt Yacht Sailing 15 years ago. Race skipper for Fairview Sailing and Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust. Competed in many Round the Island Races, Biscay Crossings and the Atlantic Race for Cruisers 2013.|
|Length||5’10” / 1.55 metres|
|Beam||Never ask a lady that|
|History||Came into sailing to avoid the ‘Golf Widow Syndrome’. Has sailed the length of the South Coast from Falmouth to Dover and Cross Channel on numerous occasions. Completed the Round the Island Race 2017 and too many trips in the Solent to list. She has lots of lovely kit and loves being taken up the Beaulieu.|