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Old 23-06-2009, 09:26   #1
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Moody 35 - Blue Water Capable?


My wife and my self are in the process of buying our first boat.
our plan is to buy the boat, cruise in the Mediterranean for few months and then cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean islands.

The boat should be able to cross the Atlantic safely (bearing in mind that we are not very experienced sailors so the boat should be forgiving preferably) and to be a good live aboard for a couple with occasional guests and crew.

one of the boats we consider seriously is a moody 35 1991.
I was searching a lot in the internet and didn't found any reference for this model as a blue water cruiser

what do you think of this model as a blue water cruiser?

two other issues that bothers me with this boat are:
1. modest tanks 200lt water and 165lt fuel
2. the shower is low and we both have to bow our head inside.


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Old 23-06-2009, 11:41   #2
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I'm not that familar with Moodys, but fin keels don't usually speak "very Forgiving" as what your looking for. Also, external keels are at risk of failure like falling off or just leaking. But it is skeg hung rudder so that is good. Motion comfort is 24.3 and capsize ratio is 2.02. She is listed as a racer/ cruiser. Pretty boat
Here is the site where I got these stats on the Moody 35
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hope that helped,

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Old 23-06-2009, 12:32   #3
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I'm not too familiar with the 35 but do know the 34. From the looks of things the 35 is essentially what used to be the 34. It is the smallest of the line, I always liked the 41 but they are all built quite well and capable of crossing oceans. A few years ago I met a couple from Israel that had sailed their 34 over to the US and South America. A sturdy boat but a bit small for my liking.

If you're making long passages in this boat you won't be in the shower too much so I wouldn't worry about the low deckhead.
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They're pretty stout boats if a bit "wedding cake" style for my taste. I suggest you try the Owner's Association MOA Home Page or try the UK based Scuttlebut on Yachting and Boating World forums: Viewing forum: Yachting Monthly's Scuttlebutt
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