Ocean Mist

Ocean Mist,Our Previous Boat. Ocean Mist was a Moody S38, one of (we think) 49 built.

She was built in 1997 and has the deep fin keel, masthead rig and twin aft cabin options.

We bought her in 2005 from her original owner, which whom she’d been down to the Med, so she has some long distance experience.

She's proved  to be a fast and comfortable offshore cruising boat, easily making 8 knots in on a reach with a decent breeze. When the weather takes a turn for the worse we've felt perfectly safe, and everything seems to be well screwed together so even falling off the odd wave has done no more than shake the cover off one of the saloon lights. We’re confident that she’ll look after us.

At anchor (or alongside if you’re into that sort of thing) the twin aft cabin, twin heads layout means that she can comfortably sleep 8 people (6 in the cabins and two in the saloon), the cabins are genuine double size as well. When we’ve got lots of guests on board we tend to use the forward cabin with the privacy of en-suite heads but when we’re on our own the starboard aft is our favorite, with a nice wide bed and a big hatch into the cockpit (this is the aft escape hatch, there’s a kick through panel so whoever is in the port aft cabin can get to it in an emergency).


Length Overall 39'0'' 11.89m
Length on the Waterline 32'6" 9.91m
Beam 12'11" 3.95m
Draft 6'3" 1.91m
Displacement 19,064 lbs 8,650 kg
Water Tankage 80 gal 364 ltr
Fuel 40 gal 182 ltr
Sail Area (main and genoa) 798 sq ft 74.2 m 2
Engine 40 bhp


All boats collect equipment over and above the basic spec. Here are some of the upgrades:

In 2007 we replaced a couple of items:

In 2006 we made a few upgrades:

Ocean mist came with a few bits of extra gear that we've found useful.

The Rest of our Fleet

We’ve got a couple of Perception Carolina touring Kayaks, that just fit on the top of the car and also fit on the foredeck. They’re a great way to explore rivers and get to places that you can’t in a yacht. In 2005 we took them with us to the River Alde and used them for a paddle while the rest of the crew went off shopping for gin.