Moody 419 Moody 419 things to control pre-purchase

Tobias Lagerbaeck

Tobias Lagerback
We have found interest in a Moody 419 and have a planned viewing. Is there any particular part you recommend to control on the Moody 419? If you have any experience with this model, please share your thoughts on sailing and living on the boat as well :)

If our viewing is satisfactory we will of course have a pre-purchase survey.

Best regards,

Peter Wright

Peter Wright
Boat name
Suffolk Yacht Harbour
Boat type
Moody 425
Cruising area
North Sea, English Channel, Biscay
Hi Tobias,

Firstly, this boat will now be at least 32 years old, so all the mechanical and electrical systems will need close inspection. Their condition will depend on how well they have been maintained or replaced. If you can get a look behind the main 12V electrical panel, this will give you an idea of how well electrical upgrades have been done.

The hulls were well moulded using isophthalic gel coat resin in a temperature and humidity controlled workshop, so this should be in good condition if she has not been abused. The gel coat is much thicker than on modern yachts and will stand a lot of polishing to remove scratches and blemishes. The keel is cast iron and will be suffering from rust if not well maintained. The keel bolts are mild steel studs with mild steel nuts and backing plates which will probably look rusty in the bilge. However, the working part of the stud will be sound unless the keel hull joint has failed, allowing sea water into the stud holes. To determine whether there is a problem with the keel joint, watch the joint carefully when the vessel is put down following lift out; if water squeezes out from the joint, it probably needs the keel dropping and the joint remaking with new keel studs. Rust at the top edge of the keel, adjacent to the joint is also a sign of possible problems with the joint.

The decks and coach roofs are balsa cored, as with most yachts. This is vulnerable to water ingress if fittings have been added since original construction without sealing the fastener holes through the deck properly. The original teak in the cockpit and aft of the cockpit was teak faced ply, which will almost certainly have been replaced by now with solid teak. If it hasn't yet been replaced it will look in need of replacement.

The compression post supporting the mast stands on a grp encapsulated hardwood block in the bilge. If water has penetrated the wood it may have rotted, in which case the mast will not be adequately supported. Check the condition of the deck around the mast step both visually and with a straight edge to see whether there is any depression. The chain plates are sealed by little stainless steel plates fixed to the deck with small stainless screws. Over the years, the sealant under these plates dries out and fails, allowing water to penetrate to the part bulkhead to which the chainplates are secured. In extreme cases, this can lead to rot in the bulkhead so that the chainplate is not adequately retained. Inspect the sealing plates closely and check the surrounding deck with a straight edge looking for a bulge. Ask the vendor when the sealing plates were last resealed and whether he has ever inspected the chainplates below decks (they are hidden behind the beautiful Moody cabinetry).

Overall, these were superbly built boats with large design margins and have many decades of life left in them. However, as with any boat this age, her condition is more dependant on how well she has been looked after than how well she was built.

Hope you've found a good un.