The perfect ocean-going yacht for a small family
Lady Jane has been the perfect boat for us. She has seen us safely and reliably across two oceans: from the UK to the South Pacific and has never missed a beat. She has provided a haven for us in parts of the world where accommodation is either unavailable or ridiculously expensive.
And the accommodation is exceptionally comfortable with her queen-sized island bed, lots of saloon seating and plenty of sunbathing space. Occasional guests can also be made at home in the spacious forepeak.
But, with a family expanding faster than a bamboo forest thanks to the combined efforts of our two daughters and partners, we are in the process of buying a bigger boat to accommodate a growing mob of grandchildren.
We have spent a small fortune on making sure that Lady Jane is updated. The list at the end of this page represents just some of the additions and improvement made.
Her solar panels produce enough power to sustain the fridge and freezer at anchor while keeping the batteries in top condition, and the recently installed 2,500-watt Mastervolt inverter delivers enough oomph to run a breadmaker, the microwave, boil the kettle, and power a halogen hob.
The standing rigging is only 6-years old, and it is in excellent condition. And we have recently fitted a new hydraulic backstay adjuster to replace the original one fitted to the boat, and the rig has recently been tuned.
The sails are in great shape: serviced in Panama and again in Tahiti last year when Tahiti Sails replaced the Genoa UV strip. And those sails have propelled Lady Jane along at speeds that embarrass many bigger boats, including catamarans, when going downwind.
The engine is, in our view, one of the best available for a sailboat. The Beta Marine Beta 60 – based on a Kubota engine – has no complicated electronics, and spares are readily available, and so is technical advice. And of course, the engine has been consistently maintained.
French Polynesia is a perfect place to keep a boat and explore all year round. Environmental risks are very low, and the entire region is stunningly beautiful – look on our website for evidence of that. And from here, it’s the ‘coconut milk run’ all the way towards Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand as soon as the borders re-open. Although, many people decide to stay here for years before moving on.
We are on our second year here and are keen to return as quickly as we can to this stunning location.
Although Lady Jane is currently in the Marquesas for the summer season that runs through to May, we can arrange to deliver her anywhere in the Tuamotus islands or to Tahiti if that is where you choose to keep her. Or, if you want her elsewhere, we can discuss that too.
Below market price
Because we have already bought the other boat, we are keen to sell Lady Jane quickly. Consequently, even though she is the best-equipped Moody 425 currently on the market (take a look at Yachtworld) and because we are offering her for sale privately, she is priced at £70,000.
That’s little more than the cost of recent improvements and way less than the best of the other Moody 425s for sale out there.
We can’t hold this price for long, however. If we don’t sell privately, we will need to sell via a broker and increase the price to allow for additional fees.
So, there you go. Of course, we have mixed emotions about selling Lady Jane. After all, she has looked after us very well in the five years we have owned her. But we are sure that whoever buys her will love her as much as we do. And as an added bonus, you will get a brand new AB dinghy that is currently on its way to Nuku Hiva from the UK.
If you are interested, get in touch and we will send you some more information – including details on the cost of those improvements made.
Stateroom looking to port[/caption]
Saloon, Galley and Navigation
List of improvements made since 2014
|Date||Purchases, Installations and Maintenance|
|June 2014||New standing rigging|
|June 2014||New running rigging|
|June 2014||New boom track and car|
|April 2011||New Beta 60 Engine and PSS seal fitted by TS Marine|
|August 2015||New spinnaker pole|
|September 2015||Spinflow Nelson cooker|
|September 2015||McMurdo Smartfind EPIRB|
|November 2015||Raymarine eS128 MFD w/DownVision|
|November 2015||Raymarine 4kW 18″ (456mm) HD Color Radome + 10m Raynet Cable|
|November 2015||Raymarine AIS650 Class B Transceiver|
|November 2015||Raymarine Evolution autopilot system inc ACU-200 and Type 1 drive|
|February 2016||Sanders Sails – Dimension Polyant Mainsail|
|February 2016||Sanders Sails – Dimension Polyant Genoa|
|April 2016||Sprayhood and Wheel Cover|
|April 2016||New Osmosea Watermaker|
|April 2016||All Lewmar port lenses replaced|
|June 2016||Gel Shield and Coppercoat antifoul professionally applied|
|June 2016||Featherstream 4-bladed propeller fitted|
|June 2016||New Fridge and freezer installed|
|June 2016||Victron BMV-7022 battery monitor installed|
|June 2016||Victron 12 / 250 inverter installed|
|September 2016||Quick Hector 1500w windlass with drum 10mm gypsy – HC 1512 D|
|September 2016||Quick CHC1202M remote control and chain counter installed in cockpit|
|September 2016||Quick HRC1002 hand held remote 2 button installed on foredeck|
|September 2016||Rocna 25 anchor|
|September 2016||90M 10mm ISO Grade 40 Maggi Calibrated Anchor chain and 50m 16mm LIROS Anchorplait rope|
|September 2016||New Danbuoy|
|September 2016||Lewmar 15 ST winch installed for mainsail control|
|May 2017||Caframo fans installed (one in cabin and one in stateroom)|
|May 2017||Ocean Safety Soft Horseshoe Lifebuoy with Compact Apollo Light|
|May 2017||2x 135w Solar panels installed|
|May 2017||Natures Head composting toilet installed in forward heads|
|June 2017||Replaced teak cockpit floor|
|October 2017||Rokk USB charger fitted under sprayhood|
|October 2017||Seagull IV water filter fitted in galley|
|October 2017||Nereus gas solenoid installed|
|October 2017||Oceanair blinds fitted to all hatches|
|April 2018||2” stainless steel pole mount installed in Antigua|
|April 2018||Silentwind wind generator and controller installed|
|April 2018||Tohatsu 9.8HP 2 stroke outboard purchased|
|April 2018||Audible bilge alarm installed|
|August 2018||Replaced Lewmar Size 20 Ocean Hatch|
|August 2018||Replaced Lewmar Size 30 Ocean Hatch – Flat Base|
|August 2018||Replaced Lewmar Size 60 Ocean Hatch – Flat Base|
|August 2018||Replaced Lewmar Size 70 Ocean Hatch – Flat Base|
|August 2018||Replaced steering wheel with Lewmar folding wheel|
|August 2018||Installed Whale automatic float switch|
|September 2018||Installed Grape Solar 180W Solar panels and Victron MPPT controllers|
|September 2018||Replaced steel diesel tank with an aluminium one manufactured by Luthers in the US|
|October 2018||Bought Zodiac Fastroller 285 Dinghy|
|October 2018||Installed 3 x US AGM 12v150 house batteries and 1 x engine start and 2 x bow thruster batteries|
|October 2018||Installed Iridium Go and external aerial|
|February 2019||An additional Caframo fan installed in the stateroom|
|February 2019||Custom covers made for each of the deck hatches|
|March 2019||Installed Raymarine Ray63 VHF radio|
|March 2019||Installed Raymarine Ray 90/91 Wireless Adapter|
|March 2019||Installed Raymarine Ray 90/91 Wireless Hub including handset and speaker|
|February 2020||Installed Caframo fan in forepeak|
|February 2020||Installed Mastervolt 2500w inverter|
|February 2020||Installed scoop-type skin fitting for watermaker|
|February 2020||Replaced aft heads hoses|
|March 2020||Replaced watermaker low pressure pump|
|April 2020||Custom cushion made for the sun deck|
|October 2020||New Sailtec hydraulic backstay fitted|
|October 2020||Mahogany vent fitted to wardrobe in aft stateroom|
|November 2020||New AB9AL dinghy with bow locker (due to be delivered end of November)|