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Babystays And Dinghies On The Foredeck

Discussion in 'Thinking of buying a Moody ask a question here' started by Rob Whelton, 13/1/18 at 22:34.

  1. Rob Whelton

    Rob Whelton Rob Whelton Registered Guest

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    It seems that most Moodys are rigged using a babystay rather than forward lowers.
    I tend to use the foredeck of my exisitng boat as somewhere to inflate/stow the dinghy- but I'm worried that a babystay is going to stop me from doing this.
    I recently viewed a 346 and the foredeck space seemed too small for a dinghy. I'm hoping to eventually aim for a larger boat- the 376 is what I have my eye on- so perhaps at a larger size this issue goes away? I'd be hoping to use a c.2.7m dinghy.

    The other thing that crossed my mind was that it is probably possible to modify the rig by splitting the babystay and adding two extra chainplates- but that seems like a somewhat extreme option and an awful lot of work!
     
  2. Laurence Gandar

    Laurence Gandar Laurence Gandar

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    846
    Boat name:
    MISTRAL DANCER
    Berth:
    River Hamble
    Boat type:
    Moody 376
    Cruising area:
    Solent, English Channel
    Rob,
    I can confirm that our Avon Rover 2.8 will fit upside down on the foredeck of a M376 with its transom aft of the heads hatch and in front of the babystay. Sorry I don't have a photo of it in place.
    Regards
    Laurence

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  3. Trevor Howard

    Trevor Howard Trevor Howard

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    Boat name:
    DIAMOND LADY
    Berth:
    Conwy
    Boat type:
    Moody 33S
    Cruising area:
    Irish Sea
    Hi Laurence.
    Forgive me for chuckling at the name of the boat in the background of your photo !!
     
  4. Rob Whelton

    Rob Whelton Rob Whelton Registered Guest

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    Thanks, that's really useful to know. A 2.8m RIB is what we're eventually hoping to use. How do you find it accessing the foredeck when the RIB is stowed?
     
  5. Laurence Gandar

    Laurence Gandar Laurence Gandar

    Messages:
    846
    Boat name:
    MISTRAL DANCER
    Berth:
    River Hamble
    Boat type:
    Moody 376
    Cruising area:
    Solent, English Channel
    Rob,
    Our Avon is not a RIB. It gives enough room on the foredeck to access the deck cleats, but extends over the anchor well lid.
     
  6. Rob Whelton

    Rob Whelton Rob Whelton Registered Guest

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    Ah sorry, my bad- I have my Avons mixed up! I use a Redcrest at the moment myself, and would hope to be able to upgrade at the same time as switching to a larger boat.
     
  7. Pete Rowland

    Pete Rowland Peter Rowland

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    1,111
    Boat name:
    APRIL LASS
    Berth:
    Gosport
    Boat type:
    Moody 31 MkII
    Cruising area:
    Solent
    Rob, there was a modification for the M34 that changed the baby stay to 2 forward lowers, attached to the coach roof just as it fades into the deck. Must have been 4 or 5 years ago and perhaps linked to the desire to get rid of the bar supporting the baby stay under the deck.

    Pete