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Some general questions about Moody 41/419/425 etc

Rob Whelton

Rob Whelton
Registered Guest
#1
We've been looking into a Moody as our next, hopefully liveaboard, boat. Viewed a 346 initially, then a 37 which is looking very promising.
Before we go any further at this stage, it seems prudent to look into the next size up- the 41 and later derivatives. These are generally out of budget but not by much, and with prices gradually falling we may be able to consider one in a few years time.

The layout seems similar to the 37, except of course for the additional bunk berth cabin. How are the bunks for size in this boat? We found the forecabin of the 37 to be a bit short.
Any other comments on e.g, cockpit ergonomics, handling under sail, motion and comfort at sea?

Thanks
 

Brian Hawkesworth

Brian Hawkesworth
Boat name
FIRST DEGREE
Berth
Gouvia Marina, Corfu.
Boat type
Moody 425
Cruising area
Mediterranean
#2
Rob,

As no one has responded, I thought I would offer my views. I have a 425.

I have never had any complaints about the bunks being not long enough. The big bonus for me with a 425 is the bed in the aft cabin. Access from both sides, so you don't have to climb over your partner.

Compared to modern boats, the cockpit is tiny. We can seat 4 people around the cockpit table for a meal. However, we have had 10 on board for drinks.

One of the advantages of a Moody is the motion at sea. I have been on my boat in a Force 10 and whilst it wasn't comfortable, at no time did I feel unsafe.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Brian.
 

Rob Whelton

Rob Whelton
Registered Guest
#3
Thanks for that. Our intention is to take a few years out and set off on an Atlantic circuit, or even further. The extra space of the 41ft Moody looks very useful, and I think the 'guest cabin' would be great for our son. I know that centre cockpits are a bit out of fashion, but I've never been a fan of modern aft cockpit designs- helm too exposed, cockpit too large, open transom, not things I personally want in an ocean crossing yacht.
 

Peter Wright

Peter Wright
Boat name
WILD THYME
Berth
Suffolk Yacht Harbour
Boat type
Moody 425
Cruising area
North Sea, English Channel, Biscay
#4
Hi Rob,

We've owned Wild Thyme, our 425, for 8 years now and are very happy with her. The relatively small cockpit is a boon if you want to go ocean cruising - in the unlikely event that a wave does reach the centre cockpit, the volume of water retained is comfortingly small, whereas modern aft cockpit designs tend to have an open transom, which drains the water quickly but equally lets the waves in if you're pooped.

The centre cockpit, being much closer to the boats centre of gravity, also throws you about much less in uncomfortable seas. There is a downside if you have more than 6 on board on a sunny day in that space is limited and you have to move people to tack the boat.

Down below, these boats are much more spacious than the 37 , which I would find very beneficial if looking for a live-aboard yacht. Lastly, passage times in a 41 footer will be quicker than a similar 37 footer - in this respect, there is no substitute for waterline length.

Peter
 

Micky Barnes

Michael Barnes
Boat name
LIESEL
Berth
Hamble
Boat type
Moody 41
Cruising area
South Coast
#5
Rob, I can measure length of of bunk cabin for you later but I have never had any complaints from guests in there or any other berths. The upper bunk is wider than the lower. Interestingly these are the only bunks where leecloths are fitted as standard.

We find the across boat aft cabin berths are excellent, no need for leecloths but we do tack in this berth when the boat tacks. It does of course have the disadvantage of one person having to climb over the other but that does not cause us any problem. As skipper I always sleep in the saloon when at sea so that I can get on deck quicker if necessary and get a better feel as to what is going on.

The cockpit is small for this size of boat which makes it cosy and safe. You cannot fit more then 4 forward of the helm but there is space aft of the helm on either side. If you have 4 forward of the helm then they must know what they are doing when maneuvering otherwise they just get in the way.

The saloon table is very large and excellent for a party. In the cockpit I often remove the wheel when socialising.
Micky
 

Peter Wright

Peter Wright
Boat name
WILD THYME
Berth
Suffolk Yacht Harbour
Boat type
Moody 425
Cruising area
North Sea, English Channel, Biscay
#6
Hi Rob / Micky,

No berths fitted with Lee cloths as standard on the 425, however that's easy to remedy.

Peter.
 
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