Yacht Jess – Moody 31 MK II
I took ownership of Jess in October of 2014. I was lucky enough to take early retirement in July and always having had an interest in sailing, one of the very first things I did was to search for my own boat and by October I had found my ideal boat in Largs, a Moody 31 Mk-II, in the shape of Jess. She wasn’t called that when I bought her but “Lazy Dazy” and if there is one thing that irks me about sailing its owners giving their boats stupid names, so among my first jobs was to rename her, after my mum.
Yacht Jess is a Moody 31 MKII sloop rig, built by Marine Projects, Plymouth, in 1987. Despite her age, she still looks great just needs a bit more maintenance.
Jess is the ideal size for me. Big enough to take two or three family and friends for a weekend or longer and yet small enough that I can handle her on my own. She has three separate cabins: a fair sized v-berth forward a large aft cabin and a comfortable saloon that can fit up to six around a large table. Whilst there are six berths, two forward, two aft and two in the main saloon, the cockpit isn’t huge and six adults would constantly be in each others way. With four people on board, there is more than enough room to move around, in comfort and sufficient storage for food, drink and clothes as well as all the extra gear that you inevitably have to take to make running repairs.
Jess’s hull and topsides are in great condition. There are the inevitable scrapes, chips and scratches accumulated over 35 years but for the most part she looks really good and annual polishing and waxing brings her out in a wonderful shine. New sail cover and spray hood in 2018 from Saturn Sails look great and they come up looking like new each year with a bit of cleaning and a coat of Fabsil Gold. The dodgers are now nearly 7 years old – they still look OK but showing signs of wear and tear – perhaps replace them next season. Below the waterline there are a few chips, particularly at the bow, but nothing to worry about and next year when she is on the hard I want to strip the hull right back, fill the chips and anti-foul, perhaps renewing the hull stripes at the same time.
Below decks again there are some signs of age but my sister made new cushion covers for me a couple of years ago and they look great in a contrasting dark blue. Next season I want to replace the foam in the aft cabin and saloon.