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Old 08-04-2010, 23:45   #1
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Is a Moody 36 a Bit of a Dog to Windward ?

Thinking of buying a Moody 36. They look great and accommodation is fantastic, but have niggling doubts about its sails area and performance. My own experience of an old Moody 33 was brilliant: 20 days across the Atlantic, and more importantly tracked well in a straight line. Don't know how the modern ones (1996 to 2000) compare)? What about the Oceanranger 38, how does that compare?

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Which Moody 36? The old Primrose design from the 1970's, or the modern one designed by Bill Dixon?

The new one has a very modern, typical Bill Dixon underbody, with a bulb keel, and should be an excellent performer (I don't much like the saildrive, but that's what you usually get nowadays in that size category).

The old one will be slower and less weatherly. They have fin keels, but rather low aspect ones. A lot of progress in hull and keel design in the 1980's and 1990's. Although this guy: Living aboard around the world circumnavigated in one.

All Moodys new and old track well in straight lines. They were never built with the flat bottoms and wide sterns of the French production boats.

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The newer one dating from around 2000. Sounds like it performs well. Thanks for the reassurance. I've always liked Moodys!
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The Westerly Oceanlord, Sealord and Oceanranger all have excellent reputations, especially when the seas and weather picks up.
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