Yacht owner Carl van Kleef reports that the 24m gulet is in good condition despite strong waves pushing it ashore on L’Escalet beach six days ago. 'Mojo' has been privately operated for charter and is now up for sale.

The yacht’s owner says 'Mojo' remains in good condition and she is now up for sale. Photo credit Ian Benning

Mojo, a wooden gulet that has been privately operated for charter, remains grounded after strong easterly winds pushed it ashore on September 7. Photo credit Ian Benning

Mojo, a 24m sailing yacht that has been chartering in the South of France, is now being hauled off the beach in L’Escalet. The boat remains grounded after strong easterly winds pushed it ashore on September 7.

Operations are still underway to haul the boat off the beach. The company in charge of the rescue operation has also reported that three other boats came ashore as a result of the strong winds.

Yacht owner Carl van Kleef told Superyacht Business that there were no guests onboard. Commenting on the accident, he explains: “The captain and I were sailing just for fun and moored the boat off Cap Taillat in the South of France. It was a hot night and I was sleeping on the deck but woke up at 2am by the boat moving from strong waves. The captain tried to manoeuvre without success and the boat ended up touching the ground on L’Escalet beach.”

Van Kleef also reported that a rescue team responded to the SOS call three hours after the signal was sent.

Mojo grounds in South of France

Strong easterly winds pushed the boat ashore. Photo credit Ian Benning

“L’Escalet is a sandy and rocky beach and we were lucky that the boat was not damaged,” he adds.

Charter yacht up for sale

Mojo has been ashore for six days. Van Kleef has reported that much effort has been made to clear the area, as L’Escalet is a naturist beach.

“We have had the help of locals, but I’m disappointed that the boat has also been looted,” he comments.

Custom built in 2000, Mojo is a wooden gulet that has been privately operated for charter in Turkey since 2012. The yacht’s owner moved the boat to France earlier this year.

Van Kleef says the vessel remains in good condition and that she is now up for sale.

Mojo can sleep 14 guests in seven cabins, all double and en-suite. Equipped with an engine of 360hp, she is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 10kt.

The 24m sailing yacht carries a 4.7m tender with a 70hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard engine. There is also a canoe and snorkelling, waterski and fishing equipment on board.