Moody Yacht Reviews
Here's some recent Moody yacht reviews
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.