Josephine is a regular prize winner at Classic Regattas, both for her competitive turn of speed and, of course, in the “Concours d’elegence”. Whether for a family day out, a long weekend away or racing at a Classic Regatta (for which she comes complete with crew shirts) the pleasure of sailing Josephine is enhanced by a “paid hand” to help run the boat for you.


Josephine Cockpit

She has a large cockpit which seats 8 for drinks at the table and there is plenty of deck space around for sunbathing or moving about her under sail. The wide decks are set off by shining varnish work and glistening chrome fittings, and always in tip top condition the elegance and style of Josephine add enormously to the pleasure of a charter trip.


Josephine is based in Cowes, in the centre of the Solent, an area which provides a perfect short cruising ground with every type of harbour from enchanting anchorages in creeks owned by the National Trust to marinas with great bars and Multiplex cinemas.

The Solent is a protected area of water between the Isle of Wight and the Mainland about 25 miles long and 3 miles av. wide. Being protected means that even if it comes up to blow, reefed down, Josephine will provide an exhilarating dash home rather than being weather bound.

There are simply loads of different places to go, and it is really easy to anchor for lunch and a swim in any number of protected bays, Osborne Bay, Thorness Bay or under the cliffs at Alum Bay. Then over night, choose from great harbours like Yarmouth or Lymington which really buzz with good pubs and restaurants. Or anchor in the beautiful tranquillity of Newtown Creek, BBQ on the beach and wake in the morning to the Oyster Catchers and Curlews.

If you have teenage crew members, they love a night stop at Gunwharf Quay in Portsmouth Harbour. The mall is full of outlet shops, there are great bars and restaurants and busy night clubs, yet the small marina is a protected and quiet haven.

For the long weekend, from the Solent it is a great day sail to Studland Bay or Poole, or beyond to Weymouth, and of course, with a good early start it is a great day sail to Cherbourg, St Vaast or Barfleur, and then you know you have really been away! The Channel Islands too with Guernsey and Alderney provide a charming destination.

Josephine is one of the loveliest classic yachts available for charter in the UK. She has that wonderful quality and appearance which just says “style” “class” and “chic”. She is a real head turner every where she goes, and quickly becomes the centre of attraction. Whether at anchor in a bay or moored in a mariner, other yachtsman will always make a detour to admire her

Built in 1954 to a design by one of America's leading yacht designers of the period, Phillip L. Rhodes, she has the look and feel of a much bigger yacht.
Interestingly her ability to reduce draft from 8ft 6in to 5ft 6in by lifting her centreboard allows her to go where many yachts of her size cannot.

With almost twelve foot beam, one is struck immediately by the spaciousness of the accommodation. With oil lamps and candles, the rich varnished woodwork glows, providing a classic setting for supper at the end of the day. And if you thought you would miss your favourite TV programme? – Josephine has a 15” plasma 12v TV as well.

View of Galley

The galley is to port boasting a large stainless steel worktop which would not be out of place in a modern family home. The chart table is to starboard with a substantial fridge and ice box beneath. There is hot and cold pressurised water, and warm air heating.
The saloon has settees either side of a removable table, seating eight for dinner.
Forward and to port is the head with wash basin and shower.
Forward again is the owners’ cabin, with double bunk, lockers and seat.

port quarter berth

Josephine is Band 6 see points table

Josephine comes with a mate at £150 per day.

We highly recommend using the mate until you are familiar with the larger yachts.
Having a paid hand, or mate, aboard can contribute greatly to the pleasure of your
Classic Sailing Club charter. His knowledge of the yacht can guide you quickly through the idiosyncracies of these older yachts. You do not have to rely on your
fellow guests to have the correct experience to crew the yacht, the mate can
instruct them quickly and easily to help them learn the ropes. Larger classic yachts can be a bit of a handful, both at sea and in harbour.
The mate can of course have as much or as little involvement as you wish, and
whilst he is not there to cook or pamper you, he will always make sure you
yacht is running smoothly.

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