Charlie and Helen Ward collected Juno’s new barge boat from Jamie Clay’s boatyard in Maldon yesterday. Built with a fibreglass hull which is taken off an old wooden barge boat considered to be the ‘finest of her type’, Jamie has outfitted her to Charlie’s very sturdy specification, achieving what Charlie describes as ‘stunning’ standards of workmanship! The interior layout is similar to that on the barge boat for the full size spritsail sailing barge REMINDER based at Maldon (www.top-sail.co.uk).

With launching planned for next week, Juno’s barge boat will be towed behind her on most charters and used for rowing charterers ashore to walk and explore remote beaches off the North Norfolk Coast while Juno is anchored off a short distance from the shore.