Boat Historic Wooden Ship 'MFV119'
East Cowes Marina Britannia Way, East Cowes, PO32 6UB, United Kingdom – Excellent location – show map
Excellent location – rated 9.9/10! (score from 35 reviews)
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|Max adults: 9||
MFV119 is a 65' boat, built in 1944 which served during the D-Day landings at Omaha beach in 1944 with the US special Services, and as such, is registered as a historic vessel. The boat is currently in a shipyard for refit, more photos will be added as cabins are finished. The boat will be available from mid May 2019 Based in East Cowes Marina, with great facilities, including free parking and a good pub very nearby. Water taxis are able to come alongside to take you into the heart of Cowes, or directly to the Isle of Wight Festival perhaps? MFV119 has been restored and converted into a comfortable well equipped motor sailing yacht, able to sleep 9 guests. Excellent views can be had from the wheelhouse galley/dining area. With modern cooking facilities and good seating makes an excellent communal space. Below decks are found a large saloon, which boasts a full size upright piano, ideal for the pianists. Also a TV, radio/CD player, and plenty of books will be found. 2 guests would have to sleep in the saloon making 9 bunks, ideal for racing yacht crews during Cowes Week perhaps? There may be a chance you can moor your yacht alongside when racing?
I bought 'MFV119' as an abandoned wreck in 2003. I have spent the years until now restoring the boat. It was an empty hull stripped of anything valuable by the scrapyard, and as no original features existed, I redesigned the boat to make it into a usable family boat. MFV119 is a historic vessel, used during the D-Day landings of 1944, with US Special services,(I have no idea what it actually did!) and later as a diving and salvage vessel involved in underwater archaeological exploration and investigation of important historical wrecks such as 'HMS Pomone' (1805) and 'HMS Assurance' (1753) so the boat has a huge history. The skills I learned restoring MFV119 I have used to build a small ship repair business, 'Wooden & Steel Ship Repairs', where we provide dry docking, slipway facilities and a team of skilled shipwrights for repairs and maintenance of larger traditional boats. If you stay onboard, why not come and have a look around our shipyard site to see traditional wooden & steel boat repair underway. For more history and to see the restoration project of MFV119, just Google the boats name, and you will find loads of interesting photos and info.
The Isle of Wight is full with interesting places. I would be delighted to direct you to some hidden gems. Beautiful hidden areas perfect for quiet picnics, or caves used by smugglers with ancient skull and crossbones carved in the entrance for just a small example, I would be delighted to give directions to these places so few (even locals) know about. As well as fantastic walks , there are cycle routes here that can take you from where the boat is moored, all over the island, without ever going on a busy road, so perfect for the kids, and perfect for those who want a quieter time. Then there are the fabulous beaches, some so secluded and utterly beautiful, some rocky, some sandy, to the popular beaches. There are many museums to visit, From the classic boat museum, to castles and Queen Victoria's home at Osborne, a 10 minute walk from MFV119. The view from the boat is great. You will be able to sit in the large upstairs dining area / galley (kitchen) and watch the visiting yachts coming in and mooring all around you. Large commercial ships will pass close by bringing in all kinds of goods to the Island, an impressive sight wen you are so close as they pass.
Languages spoken: German, English, French
Area Info– Excellent location – show map
What's nearby *
Osborne House0.9 miles
Carisbrooke Castle3.1 miles
Calshot Castle4.2 miles
Robin Hill4.9 miles
Bucklers Hard7.1 miles
Amazon World Zoo Park7.4 miles
Haslar Marina8 miles
Beaulieu Palace House8.4 miles
Spitbank Fort8.5 miles
Restaurants & Markets *
The Lifeboat Pub Restaurant0.1 miles
The Lifeboat Pub Cafe/Bar0.1 miles
Waitrose Supermarket Supermarket0.6 miles
Natural Beauty *
The Solent Ocean/Sea1.2 miles
Closest Airports *
Southampton Airport14 miles
Bournemouth Airport24.1 miles
London Gatwick Airport56.5 miles
Most Popular Landmarks *
Portsmouth Harbour8.6 miles
Mary Rose Museum8.7 miles
Port Solent10.5 miles
Southampton Guildhall12 miles
The Mayflower Theatre12.1 miles
Ageas Bowl12.2 miles
Chichester Harbor16.7 miles
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The Lifeboat pub
Open for: Brunch, Dinner, High tea, Cocktail hour
Free! Free private parking is available on site (reservation is needed).
Free! WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
- Wine glasses
- Dining table
- Cleaning products
- Electric kettle
- Washing machine
- Wardrobe or closet
- Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
- Free toiletries
- Toilet paper
- Guest bathroom
- Bathtub or shower
- Shared toilet
- Private bathroom
- Dining area
- Sitting area
Media & Technology
- Flat-screen TV
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Non-feather pillow
- Socket near the bed
- Sofa bed
Pets are not allowed.
- Upper floors accessible by stairs only
- Outdoor dining area
- Outdoor furniture
- Trash cans
- Smoke-free property
- Private entrance
- Family rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
Food & Drink
- On-site coffee shop
- Kid-friendly buffet
- Kids' meals Additional charge
- Tea/Coffee maker
- Temporary art galleries Off-site Additional charge
- Mini golf Additional charge
- Snorkeling Off-site Additional charge
- Racquetball Off-site Additional charge
- Horseback riding Off-site Additional charge
- Diving Off-site Additional charge
- Bowling Off-site Additional charge
- Cycling Off-site
- Hiking Off-site
- Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
- Darts Additional charge
- Windsurfing Off-site Additional charge
- Ping-pong Additional charge
- Pool table Additional charge
- Fishing Off-site
- Golf course (within 2 miles) Additional charge
- Tennis court Off-site
- River view
- City view
Entertainment & Family Services
- Board games/puzzles
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2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Refundable damage deposit
A GBP250 damage deposit is required on arrival (around USD323.98). This deposit will be fully refunded at check-out, as long as there isn't any damage to the property.
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Smoking is not allowed.
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Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
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