Moody 54 Deck Saloon in Two handed Melbourne to Osaka Race
The sofa may have to wait until the more leisurely return journey but Grant and sailing partner Sue will be more comfortable than most in this epic 5000nm two handed race to Osaka.
Held only every four years, there are no stop-overs or outside assistance allowed as the yachts traverse the Pacific. Starting in Autumn – a March start -the race takes the competitors backward through the seasons – summer at the equator and spring in Osaka.
Australia’s longest Category 1 yacht race it is the equivalent of eight back to back Sydney to Hobarts with only two people on board!
Training has been intense with the recent race to Stanley in Tasmania one of the qualifying races for Grant and Sue. Also taking part in the race is a brand new Dehler 38 from Japan.”Bartolome” skipper Dr Keiichirou Morimura is about to leave his home port of Osaka to sail down to the start line.
Moody’s are on the move this month with Team Windcraft Melbourne about to take delivery of another Deck Saloon – a 45ft model. The same ship from Bremerhaven will carry a Moody Classic to its next stop – Port Kembla.
May 2017 - Moody 54 DS 'TryBooking.com' in the Apollo Bay Race
Check out this great video from ‘TryBooking.com’ of the Melbourne to Apollo Bay Race 2017. You’ll be blown away by the awesome drone shots.
Grant and Sue sailed two-handed as part of their training for the Melbourne to Osaka Race 2018.
January 2017 Moody 54 does Sydney to Hobart in style
Check out this video to see how the Richardson family just did the Rolex Sydney to Hobart in style on their Moody 54 ‘Moody Buoys’.
Fast, comfortable and extremely well catered for – the family and Team Windcraft crew look very happy! Who wouldn’t be with roast lamb dinners in the saloon with shiraz and a 360 degree view of the Tasman.
Topped off with a third place in their division – nice one guys!
September 2016 - Final Sea Trials for Moody 54 DS in NZ
Exciting times on the water in Auckland as Moody 54 Deck Saloon #34 under went her final sea trials this month. These are the final tests before she is handed over to a gentleman from further south. This magnificent vessel is going to make one fine city apartment and means to explore the Hauraki Gulf…
But before then you can see her for yourself at the Auckland On Water Boat Show – 29th September to 2nd October.
See you there!
May 2016 Moody 54 DS Finishes Second in Apollo Bay Race
Check out this video of Moody 54 DS “TryBooking.com” competing in the Melbourne to Apollo Bay yacht race. The owners are preparing for the Melbourne to Osaka double handed yacht race in 2018 so it was an ideal training race.
They had great conditions, perfect for the bigger boats and finished second in the double-handed results. Well done guys!
January 2016 Moody 54 DS Finishes ARC Rally
Congratulations to everyone at Calypso Exhibitions on completing the ARC Rally on board the Moody 54DS.
This is no mean feat – 19 days at sea and 3000 miles!
If you want to have some Blue Water adventures on board a Moody 54DS check out Calypso Expeditions here
Woy Woy’ our first Moody 54DS sails to Lord Howe Island and then on to New Zealand.
Her new owners have decided that the Bay of Islands is so gorgeous they’ll leave the boat there for a while so they can explore to their hearts content!
September 2015 – New Zealand’s First 54DS Arrives
We’re delighted to see New Zealand’s first Moody 54 Deck Saloon arrive in Auckland!
Joan and Jock are the proud new owners. And their journey to the 54DS is a great one…
When Joan and Jock started boating they took their children on long adventurous sailing holidays. One of the kids tasks was to write the daily Ships Log – which they did with the wonderful creativity and imagination of children. Read more
July 2015 – Bird’s Eye View of the 54 in Sydney
How cool are these photos of the Moody 54 Deck Saloon taken with a drone in Sydney Harbour. What a boat…
…and what a lifestyle!
“50 knots of breeze and it’s like being in an IMAX cinema” – that’s got to be the way to do the Sydney to Hobart Race!
December 2014 Moody Buoys races to Hobart
The Moody 54 Deck Saloon is certainly a luxurious way to do the Sydney to Hobart!
The crew on board Moody Buoys enjoyed gourmet food with fine wine every night, panoramic views cocooned in the cockpit and a thrilling race up the Derwent against Hanse 495 Takani. Read the full story here
December 2014 – Great new photos
Thanks Crosbie Lorimer for these wonderful new photos of the Moody 54DS – she looks so at home in Australia!
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
3 Moody Deck Saloons together in Sydney!
We love this shot taken from above of our first 3 Moody 54 Deck Saloons together at our head office in Pittwater.
What a lifestyle the three owners are enjoying!
November 2014 – ‘Moody Buoys’ Heads to Harbour for Category 1 Audit
The new owners of ‘Moody Buoys’ had a wonderful sail down to the Sydney Harbour on board their new boat in early November.
The Category 1 audit will take place in the harbour at CYCA ahead of a planned entry in this years Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
The owners plan to follow the Cabbage Tree fleet without racing – as the 24hr qualifying passage leaving.
Moody 54 DS Stunning on Pittwater
Moody Looked Stunning at Boat Show
The Moody was packed for the full 5 days of Sydney Boat show as crowds flocked to jump on board and spent time imagining their new lifestyle.
Australia’s second Moody 54DS almost ready to head Downunder
These photos show Australian’s second Moody 54DS getting ready to head Downunder. This is the 3 cabin galley-down option offering 3 living areas upstairs. This boat will arrive in Sydney in August where Team Windcraft will prepare her ready for her new onwers to enter the 2014 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
The Moody 54DS has been so successful that there is now a waiting list for these fabulous blue water cruisers. Hand crafting and selected materials are at the heart of each new Moody. Safety and seaworthiness combined with good sailing characteristics is our promise. The closed deck saloon is equally suited to both hot and colder climates, as it offers protection from wind, weather and sun. Combined with a protected cockpit area, the new Moody DS 54 is the perfect if you spend a lot of time on the water.
June 2014 – official video released
-Easy Handling & Perfect Control
-Living on One Level & Luxurious Comfort
– Handcrafted Quality & High-Tech
– Safety & Seaworthiness
May 2014 update…
Peter Hrones is back from sailing his new Moody 54 Deck Saloon “Woy Woy” in Germany.
The family enjoyed a relaxing few days cruising the Baltic Sea and stopped at Lauterbach on Rugen island to take a look at the historic boat building community and busy marina.
We asked Pete about his trip and how the boat handled:
“The 54DS handles beautifully – she’s balanced, responsive and an absolute pleasure to sail. For me one of the best things is the fantastic visibility over the top of the saloon from the aft helm positions.
And of course this is luxury sailing. There are 3 electric furlers, one each for the main, self-tacker and genoa. You can easily handle this boat with 2 fingers. The auto-pilot steering is a dial like on a power boat which the whole family found really fun to use.
The smart electric system allows you to program the electric system any way you like – so it’s one touch when you arrive, one touch for sailing mode and one touch when you leave. A really neat feature that everyone could easily understand.
It was cold in April on the Baltic – around 5°C! So we spent a lot of time inside running the generator with reverse-cycle heating/air-conditioning to keep it to 25°C. This is where the inside helm position and 360° vista came into their own. We could still enjoy fabulous views but were cocooned from the elements inside.
For entertaining, the galley was absolutely spot-on
At one stage we had 10 people on-board and one of us could make drinks on one side while the other prepared food on the other side. This is much better than many boats where you can only fit one person in the galley at a time. The dishwasher and washing machine made life very easy.
Our 3 boys have never had a cabin each before – but this boat has 4 real cabins all with reverse-cycle air conditioning. Three have en-suites. The boys loved this luxury!
The main owners cabin is very light and very sumptuous, with adjustable back-rests and personal lamps so you can sit up and read in bed. There’s heaps of locker space with separate shoe storage so everything stays tidy.
One day it was really cold and we put up the flat screen TV, pushed out and folded down the table and sat back in the lounge in the warm watching “Anchorman 2″ and eating popcorn we’d made in the microwave. And we could still enjoy the views outside. It really was home from home.”
“Woy Woy” will soon be shipped Downunder for her Australasian Premiere at the Sydney Boat Show.
April 2014 update… first images of the Moody 54DS sailing.
Video tour by Peter Hrones at the Dusseldorf ‘Boot’
– Reversible back rest, great when fishing & barbecuing
– Electric retractable table for private lounging with retractable awning above
Moody offers true “One Level Living”
Moody 54DS Deck Saloon Launched at Dusseldorf 2014
The Moody 54Ds was the busiest boat at the 2014 Dusseldorf ‘Boot’. The boat in the picture is Peter Hrones’ own boat. Peter is heading back to Europe soon with his family to test sail her before she is shipped over ready for the 2014 Sydney International Boat Show.
10 Moody 54s have now been sold worldwide – a couple of the new owners changed their orders to ‘galley up’ after they saw Peter’s boat. The feedback was that the inside position of galley is very good – the separate bar area with 60l drawer fridge will be absolutely brilliant for entertaining.
The galley up boat has the option of 4 full-sized cabins.
Hull number 2 is also heading Downunder for SIBS.
This boat has the galley down option so you will be able to compare the two and make an informed decision at the show.
You can also compare the rigs – hull 1 has in-mast furling and hull 2 has in-boom furling.
Update November 2013
The first Moody 54 DS is coming together now – the hull and the deck are now joined or ‘married.’ The composite bulk heads have been carefully glassed to the hull.
In the weeks leading up to the marriage, the team at Moody were hard at work on the interior construction. The engine, tanks, electrics and furniture are all now installed.
The 54DS will make its international debut at the Dusseldorf boat show on the 18th January 2014. After the show, Peter and his family will have the enjoyable task of testing her in the Mediterranean, off the coast of France, for three weeks in April.
The Moody 54DS will then make its Australian debut at the 2014 International Sydney Boat Show on 31st July. To find out more call us on 02 9979 1709
It’s not often that an Australian wins an award for co-designing a yacht for the international market.
Read on to discover how Team Windcraft’s MD Peter Hrones was involved in the design of the new Moody 54DS.
When Hanse Germany asked Team Windcraft’s Managing Director Peter Hrones to co-design the new 54DS with Moody creator and naval architect Bill Dixon he didn’t hesitate. Afterall… opportunities like this dont come along very often.
Peter’s incredible sales success with the Moody 45DS and his personal knowledge of the boat is second to none.
He was the first to buy a 45DS and, with his family sail it up the east coast, a total of 6,000NM
For the Hanse Group, Peter was therefore a logical choice and brought him on board from the beginning of the 54DSs creation.
Aside from the personal thrill of working on the new 54DS from inception, Peter has won Innovator of the Year award for his designs.
His family thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it quickly became his wife’s favourite yacht.
Peter and his family found the 45DS to be the ultimate long distance cruiser largely due to its clever set up for easy, short-handed sailing and its deck saloon that provides single level living and protection from the weather and panoramic views. Peter’s own high standards means he only brings the best yachts into Australia.
Before establishing Team Windcraft, he spent 18 months touring the world, visiting 22 boat building factories before deciding on Hanse.
15 years later, his passion for sailing and for yachts with quality build, high performance and superb on-board living has not waned, and this pursuit of excellence is reflected in his design of the new Moody 54DS.
While the 54DS will cater to the growing market in the 50-60 foot luxury yachts and fill the gap between the 62 and the 45DS, Peter recognised the importance of incorporating many of the design features of the incredibly popular 45DS, with a few of his own improvements which include a steering station up-front in the deck saloon and a more spacious interior with extra layout options.
“I wanted the steering station forward, near the windscreen. So I moved it from its original position aft port-side. It feels better when you’re sailing, looking forward unobstructed,” explains Peter. “I’m also working on the captains seat to swivel and become part of the lounge.”
And although he had an additional 9 feet of boat, Peter didnt want to crowd too much in, allowing for extra space for moving about. From his familys experience living on their 45DS, he has incorporated plenty of room to move in the saloon, as well as lots of refrigeration and plenty of storage.
“The dining area on the 54DS is huge – 2.91m long by 1.65m wide – with a big rounded table that seats 6-8 comfortably. It also down to make a coffee table and larger lounge area,” says Peter.
The 54DS has two large living areas, one in the saloon and a chill-out area in the L-shaped cockpit. Accommodation wise, theres a fourth cabin, making this the first Moody with four cabins.
The aft cabin has a guest toilet and laundry, or the room can be used as a storage area. Theres also a wet weather gear locker port side aft, a utility room with a freezer on starboard.
Peter surveyed 12 Moody 45DS owners and discovered that half preferred the galley upstairs, while half preferred it down, so he has included two galley options on the 54DS. While the design of the Moody 54DS is being currently being finalised, Team Windcraft Australia has already sold the first three globally.
Hull No. 1 will have a large upstairs galley and four cabins
Hull No.2 will have a downstairs galley; 3 cabins; and a carbon fibre rig for racing
Hull No.3 will have a customised interior for long distance cruising
There’s something about Moody!
There’s something about Moody! Especially in New Zealand it seems. And the latest review by Breeze Magazine of Murray Thompson’s new Moody 45DS – ”Zam-Zam” certainly suggests that.
“Blustery grey conditions on the shortest day of the year provided the perfect conditions for viewing Murray Thompson’s Moody 45, for this allweather cruiser shrugs off the midwinter blues and wraps the crew in comfort…