Moody 54DS in New Zealand Boating

“The owners of the new 17m Moody DS54 are relishing her space, comfort and sophisticated technology.

“They’re also disarmingly frank about why she appealed to them: they’re not as strong and agile as they once were – and this yacht caters for that.

“Because I’m not the scoundrel I used to be I won’t reveal Jock and Joan Massey’s ages, but I will say that the way they’re embracing the autumn of their years is inspiring.

The Masseys are seasoned sailors and bought their first yacht – a H28 – way back in 1975. In between her and their new DS54 (Deck Saloon) have been numerous boats of various sizes and shapes. The Moody, they insist, is unlike any before.

They’ve named her Awhitu Spirit – the Awhitu after their place of residence, and the Spirit, I like to think, for their remarkable joie de vivre…