About seven years ago we took the plunge and bought M31 Sea’scape – our first and only boat. It wasn’t long before the joys of maintaining a 1988 vintage yacht (and more frustratingly a 1988 vintage Volvo engine) led us to the MOA website and joining the MOA Solent Branch. Since then we have been on lots of MOA rallies and made a number of friends.
In September last year we parted with our beloved Sea’scape and bought Shadow a M336 II. We are still getting used to her, but so far have been delighted with the extra space and turn of speed.
For me meeting fellow Moody owners on the rallies is one of the best things about being in the MOA. We are very fortunate to sail in the Solent and the range of rallies we manage to put on each year reflects this.
The first boat we owned was a 1979 Dufour 2800CS (Mamselle), which still holds a special place in our hearts and can still be seen in Gosport! This taught us the maintenance aspects of boat ownership which was all new to us. After 5 years, we moved up to a 1989 Moody M31Mk2 (Meerkat) and we have just recently sold that and purchased Tigermoon a 1996 Moody S336.
We live in Andover and our boat is moored in Gosport. I sail mostly with my wife (Lesley) and occasionally with my sons James and Stephen. Our usual sailing area is the south cost with the occasional trips to North France and the Channel Islands.
I was introduced to “boating” as a youngster by my cousins. My job was to row the dinghy whilst they endeavoured to start the outboard engine. I think I did an awful lot more rowing than they did motoring! Then we moved to sailing a “Cadet,” “Heron,” and then “Enterprise.” All great fun, soon learning that sailing was anything but a “stay dry” activity.
It was many years later that I was re-united with sailing, with a family “boat share” this time in a much larger craft, discovering the delights of leisure sailing.
Since joining the MOA we have enjoyed countless events and now feel that I would like to play a little part in helping the association to continue to thrive and give enjoyment to all.