This unique vessel was built at Charlie Ward’s boatyard in Morston and launched in March 2000.
Constructed in steel, she is immensely sturdy and capable of coastal cruising and beaching when required. Her shallow draft (2 ft 6 inches!) enables her to venture up the smallest tidal creeks and harbours as well as landing on beaches when sea conditions permit.
JUNO is the first sailing barge to be built in the UK for many years, and the design has been inspired by the famous Thames sailing cargo barges which were a common sight all along the East Coast until the early 1900s. In fact JUNO is the size of barge which used to regularly trade in and out of Blakeney and Wells harbours until the 1920s.
The flat bottomed hull design of these barges creates an exceptionally stable vessel with masses of space both above and below decks.
Wherever she sails, JUNO always attracts considerable interest and she has been extensively featured in all the leading yachting magazines (both UK and overseas) as well as on television.
JUNO is outfitted to an impressively high standard in traditional style using teak and Colombian pine and many brass and gunmetal fittings. She has full ‘live-aboard’ accommodation and all the latest equipment to make sailing enjoyable and comfortable. She is equipped with a spacious galley, two loos and seven comfortable berths.
On colder days JUNO has a full central heating system to keep you warm below decks.
Sailing on JUNO is extremely comfortable due to her very stable hull and if the weather turns foul you can always relax in the comfortable saloon or remain in the cockpit to admire the views, protected by a canvas awning which can be erected to keep you dry and sheltered from the wind.