Early in 2014 I was was going through a rough time. A long term relationship was in tatters due to my partner's infidelity. Towards Easter I was given the opportunity to give up my teaching post on an enhance pension, something that doesn't come around every day and with my life being shit at that time, I didn't even give it a second thought. By September that year, I had bought a boat and the classroom was a distant memory.
I have always had an interest in boats and sailing having sailed many times with friends on their boats and chartering boats, but I really wanted my own and for the first time in my life I could potentially fulfil that dream.
I had been searching for a boat for some time and had visited a number of brokers and owners, all in vain. In late August I had arranged to meet up with a broker in Troon Yacht Haven to look at a Beneteau 34 which was selling at a ridiculously low price. When I saw her, I knew why, it would have taken months and tens of thousands to get her seaworthy. On the off-chance I drove further up the coast to Largs and was delighted to hear the broker say that a Moody 31 had just come in that morning. It was a little outside my budget, but I walked down the pontoons to see "Lazy Dazy". As soon as I got on board, I knew that this was the boat for me and the first job would be to change the name! She was in immaculate condition and was ready to sail there and then. I put in an offer 2k below the asking price and to my surprise it was accepted.
Jess is a Moody 31 mk2 and was built around 1987. Moody's have a well deserved reputation and are sought after boats, particularly Moody 31s and 34s which are big enough to accommodate 4 in reasonable comfort but not that big that they can't easily be sailed single-handed. Built out of GRP at a time when boat builders did not really know that much about the stuff, she is, like other boats of that era, built on the side of caution with far more glass fibre and reinforcement than you get on an equivalent modern plastic boat - solid!
With double cabins both fore and aft, a large central saloon, a reasonably sized galley and a decent sized heads for a boat of its size, 4 adults can live in reasonable comfort over a long weekend or perhaps a week or so.
She's booked to be lifted out on April 1st so that I can carry out some routine maintenance, hopefully getting her back in the water within a few days then she'll be ready for the season.
I renamed her "Jess" after my late mother.