Neo 570c
Bari-based Neo Yachts has followed the success of the 400 and 350 with its most audacious reach yet for the edge of the racer cruiser envelope. The Carkeek designed Neo 570c is targeting the performance of a modern TP52 with the comforts of a cruising design.

Leap of faith

Andrew McDougall has been making Moths go faster and delivering more fun per kilo ever since he was a teenager. Blue Robinson spoke to this passionate sailor and engineer about creating a level of excellence to foil the opposition until 2065

Seahorse Magazine:When did you start getting interested in the Moth class?

Andrew McDougall: Well, Blue, that’s like asking a lady her age! OK, I built my first Moth when I was 15 years old…

SH: And how was that process?

AM: Maybe not the first Moth, but the second one I built, my father dropped me off at a plywood factory where I weighed 400 sheets of plywood, picking out the four lightest ones. Then I came home and, using a hand plane, took half a veneer off each side of the plywood to make them lighter…

SH: And what were your goals back then?

AM: It’s a funny one as my family were very much non-sporty; sport was just a diversion to them… they were very artistic, political and cerebral and there was no push to do anything physical. I had a lot of fun but I also promised myself I would never get into sailing as a business. I also promised myself I would never own a computer until I could talk to it. I broke both of those promises.

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