July 2016 Breeze Magazine Review
Blustery grey conditions on the shortest day of the year provided the perfect conditions for viewing Murray Thompson’s Moody 45, for this all-weather cruiser shrugs off the midwinter blues and wraps the crew in comfort.
From the sanctuary of the spacious deck saloon, it is clear that foul weather gear would be seldom called to action in all but the worst of conditions.
On passage, with the sails and course set, the saloon helm station provides excellent all round visibility for watch keeping.
Any requirement to move into the cockpit to attend to sail trim would hardly expose one to the elements with the cabintop extending well aft to provide cover and further shelter provided by a bimini over the twin helm stations.
Moody 54DS in New Zealand Boating
“The owners of the new 17m Moody DS54 are relishing her space, comfort and sophisticated technology.
“They’re also disarmingly frank about why she appealed to them: they’re not as strong and agile as they once were – and this yacht caters for that.
“Because I’m not the scoundrel I used to be I won’t reveal Jock and Joan Massey’s ages, but I will say that the way they’re embracing the autumn of their years is inspiring.
The Masseys are seasoned sailors and bought their first yacht – a H28 – way back in 1975. In between her and their new DS54 (Deck Saloon) have been numerous boats of various sizes and shapes. The Moody, they insist, is unlike any before.
They’ve named her Awhitu Spirit – the Awhitu after their place of residence, and the Spirit, I like to think, for their remarkable joie de vivre…
January 2015 – Ocean Media Review Moody 54 DS
The Moody DS54 (deck saloon) is perhaps the finest example today of a sailing yacht designed to appeal to boat owners who may otherwise choose to own a motor cruiser.
This all-new Moody design from the Hanse Group of recreational yachts offers true ‘crossover’ appeal for sailors with its ease of deck level indoor/outdoor living featuring voluminous cockpit and saloon space, panoramic deck level views, generous accommodation below decks and a truly luxurious fit-out.
And, almost to spite its considerable bulk and the raft of creature comforts aboard, I can testify that this all-new yacht sails beautifully upwind and down, offering a solid, confidence-inspiring ride with fingertip control of its dual helm wheels.
The perhaps surprisingly fine sailing abilities of the DS54 are due in no small part to excellent form stability of its solid, Judel-Vrolijk designed hull presenting a high freeboard and substantial bulwarks above deck, while below the waterline a 2.65-metre deep L-shaped cruising fin is aided by a powerful, deep spade rudder to ably control the balanced, easily-reefed sail plan of the new yacht.
Boating New Zealand Review Moody 41 Classic
Moody’e new Classic 41AC stands out from the parade of sleek, quasi-racer production cruisers emerging from European builders.
Her styling oozes nostalgia – but don’t be fooled. The Moody 41AC is a throughly modern lady.
She represents one of two styles to have emerged since Hanse bought the Moody range, then down on its luck, in 2007.
The former British marque is now built at the same Greifswald, Germany facility as Hanse and Dehler yachts.
December 2014 – Kevin Green Reviews the Moody 54DS for Tradeaboat
Kevin Green enjoyed a day out on the water with Peter Hrones on the Moody 54DS. He clearly loved the boat! Watch the full video interview here
December 2014 Phillip Ross Reviews the Moody 54DS for Cruising Helmsman
“If you did not already know, there is an Australian connection between the Moody 54DS and the Moody agents in this country.
Managing director of Windcraft Australia Peter Hrones was requested by Moody owners Hanse, of which Windcraft are also agents, to assist in the design of the boat’s layout alongside Moody architect Bill Dixon and design team Judel Vrolik.
Windcraft had been successful sellers of the other two Moody yachts the 45DS and the 62DS so when it decided to build a fusion between those two boats they asked Hrones to join the design team with his obvious knowledge of what sells a boat. The result is a large yacht that is not only well-built, it is also cleverly appointed.”
Please note there is a misprint p.69 of this review: Both figures are incorrect in this sentence. “The volvo’s 300 litre fuel tank with 100 hours running”
December 2014 Crosbie Lorimer reviews the Moody 54DS for Club Marine
Cast your mind back to the cruising yachts of 50 years ago and it’s hard to believe it was the same era in which the screenwriter and futurist Gene Roddenberry first devised the cult sci-fi television series Star Trek.
Yet such is the advance in lightweight materials and digital wizardry that a cruising sailor from the 1960s would feel almost as disoriented aboard a modern yacht as they would aboard the Starship Enterprise.
The axiom for today’s cruising fraternity is ‘more fun for less effort’ and the Moody DS54 appears to be leading the charge in using technology to meet that aspiration. This is a yacht with countless bells and whistles delivered with ingenuity and sophistication.
All that and it sails well, too.
September 2011 Allan Whiting spends a day aboard the Moody 45 AC Classic for Trade A Boat
A low coach house and windscreen allowed great vision and the threeblade folding prop provided excellent response, easing the manoeuvring task.
A bowthruster is available, but you’d need a tight berth or tidal influences to warrant one.
Moody has switched to Volvo Penta from Yanmar for the Classic 45 and we were certainly impressed with the lack of noise and vibration under power.
Being an owner’s boat, we didn’t give the 45 WOT-testing for this yacht review, but 8kts-plus came up easily, with plenty more lever travel available.
Winch power – Lewmar 50AST halyard manual and 54 AST powered primaries – set the test boat up with serious sail-handling power.
Raising the tri-radial, cruise-laminate North main and sheeting it and the unfurled self-tacker was an effortless procedure.
The jib is sheeted, in Hanse fashion, by a line that runs from curved track blocks, up the mast and….
Allan Whiting spends a day aboard the Moody 41 Classic for Trade A Boat
Classic says it all…
… sweet lines, traditional accents, glowing, rich interior and an ocean-conquering rig and build.
Quality touches, including polished stainless steel and brass Danish cabin lights abound.
The cabins are beautifully finished and graced with sensitive-foam mattresses that adapt to the sleeper’s shape.
Six interior layouts are offered, but for the test boat the Windcraft crew opted for what should suit coastal cruising buyers: a twin-cabin, single head arrangement.
However, the Moody Classic 41′s superyacht fit and finish somehow isn’t reflected in a high price tag…
Matthew Henry of Sails Magazine takes the Moody 45 Classic for a Test Sail
A quick glance around the Moody 45′s deck at the cream-coloured gelcoat, the gleaming stainless steel winches and old-style cowl dorade vents on the coachouse roof…and it’s not too hard to imagine for a moment that we’ve been whisked back in time to the Roaring ’20s on the waters of Newport, Rhode Island, in some scene from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
The 45 Classic’s elegant lines and her oval porthole windows just about complete the picture – all that’s missing are some waistcoats and straw boater hats for her crew.
Like its smaller 41-foot sibling in the Classic series, Moody’s 45 looks back on a romantic yachting era through the lens of a modern yacht maker.
The look might be vintage, but the Dixon designed hull shape, GRP construction techniques and engineering systems are all right up to scratch with the high standards set by Germany’s Hanse Group, which bought the Moody brand in 2007…
Moody Yacht Reviews – David Lockwood Test Sails the Moody 45 DS for Tradeaboat
Trade-a-Boat has been wowed by the Moody 45DS since the moment we first set foot aboard in 2008 on the very first model.
Since then, more than 40 of the $800,000-plus Deck Saloon yachts from the pen of English designer Bill Dixon have been built, bought and sold.
Of course, German yard Hanse owns Moody these days and that’s proven a good thing. With fresh backing, Dixon has been able to realise his designer dreams. Indeed, the Moody 45DS floats our boat because of its design nous.
The big yacht ticks all the boxes for comfort and style, is a wonderful indoor/outdoor liveaboard, while the pilothouse lets you steer and tack indoors.
There’s a clever self-stow anchor, full bulwarks for child and crew safety, foldout boarding steps and swimplatform, and the big cockpit can seat 12 in the shade.
The beautiful saloon has panorama windows and an aft galley, with all the mod cons including generator and air-con. Down below there’s a spacious three-cabin layout. In one of the two upmarket bathrooms you’ll find a separate owner’s shower stall.
Forget about doing it tough, this is the future of comfort yachting. Yet despite everything including the kitchen sinks, she’s surprisingly agile for such a big yacht…
Moody Yacht Reviews – 45 DS by Crosbie Lorimer
Way back in 2008 I happened to read a serious review of the Bill Dixon-designed Moody Decksaloon 45 from the Hanse Group.
I was particularly struck by the aesthetics of this new yacht that was breaking such fresh ground and had to pause for a moment while my brain processed the images.
Was this extraordinary hybrid between a yacht and a power cruiser a work of genius or an ugly duckling? It did not take long before the synapses snapped into action and semaphored an unambiguous message to the cortex…
As it turned out, it was a sentiment I shared with the magazine reviewer.
Being able to see the yacht in all its glory a few months later at the Sydney International Boat Show simply confirmed my early inclinations.
So I can hardly claim that I came to this boat test with an entirely open mind;
I was, however, very keen to see whether the boat’s performance matched its clever design and strangely compelling good looks.
Nautical terms such as ‘cockpit’ and ‘cabin’ seem somehow less applicable as you board this boat.
Rather, words associated with domestic scenes come more readily to mind – such as ‘terrace’, ‘kitchen’, ‘sliding doors’ and ‘lounge’ – more aptly describe a very clever arrangement of indoor and outdoor spaces that have been linked quite seamlessly.
There’s even a ‘pergola’ of sorts over the cockpit and you half expect to see a pair of contemporary planter pots either side of a doormat bidding ‘Welcome’ at the sliding front doors.