Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 29-12-2017, 02:58   #1
Registered User
 
chall's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Boat: Martzcraft 35
Posts: 163
Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Hi all,

We are a family of 4 looking to purchase a 40 something centre cockpit vessel in the Med to sail back to Australia.

One of the designs that has caught our interest is the Moody 42. (Later 2000s model NOT 70s model).

We have also considered the older 425's.

Anyone have any experience or insight into the Moody 42?
__________________

__________________
FOLLOW us here on our new blog
chall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 04:23   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 32,666
Images: 240
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

“The Moody 42 was designed for long-distance cruising, so she is solidly constructed and simply but stoutly rigged. Her high displacement and sail area/displacement ratio put her firmly in the cruiser bracket. Her displacement to waterline comparison is more favourable performance-wise than the earlier Moody 40, but still means she is stiff and well able to stand up to her sail. Her ballast ratio is not as high as some, but putting the greater part of the cast- iron ballast in a bulb at the keel foot means it is more effective...”

More ➥ Moody 42

Another (favourable) review ➥ Moody 42 Review - Yacht & Boat

And another ➥ https://www.boatsales.com.au/editori...moody-42-9044/
__________________

__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 06:23   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5,487
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

We own and cruise a 425 produced before the 42. Have found Moody yachts to have been very well built and good passage makers. We really like the layout, Bill Dixon is a fine designer. Moody's like other well built yachts are stick built and are not liner boats so usually easy to get at everything and very solid. One caveat..If the boat has been really well looked after and upgraded it will be a great boat. If they are allowed to sit and are not maintained it can cost you big time so have it looked over well. On our Atlantic crossing we had 4 days pushing 180 miles and lots in the 160+ range so they are really good passage makers. Moody owners have very good resources including a very active website and a monthly magazine with thousands of members. The boats have a good following.
robert sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 06:30   #4
Moderator
 
Pete7's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Solent, England
Boat: Moody 31
Posts: 10,401
Images: 14
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Very active website with a technical forum for queries and an area for prospective owners to ask questions.

http://moodyowners.org/

Sadly they couldn't compete with the French and German yacht builders who produced cheaper yachts whilst Moody tried to maintain a very high quality standard of build. Bought out by Hanse in the end.

Pete
Pete7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 09:06   #5
Registered User
 
S/V Alchemy's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Boat: Custom 41' Steel Pilothouse Cutter
Posts: 4,814
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Everything I know about them and a single look suggests "yes, go for it".
__________________
Can't sleep? Read www.alchemy2009.blogspot.com for fast relief. Can't read? Avoid www.volumesofsalt.blogspot.com, because it's just personal reviews of sea books.
S/V Alchemy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 13:55   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bundaberg, Qld, Australia
Boat: Moody 425
Posts: 14
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

I have a Moody 425 which I bought in Queensland. The boat sailed from Norway to Australia with a young couple and two small children. I have just completed a 10,000 nm partial circumnavigation of Australia, some of it on my own. The last four months beating to windward from Darwin to Bundaberg. The boat handled all conditions admirily and I had no issues with equipment. The Owners Forum is extremely knowledgeable and with great resources. I would say go for it without hesitation.
Regards
Russ
Blue Reef Cafe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 14:37   #7
Registered User
 
chall's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Boat: Martzcraft 35
Posts: 163
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Thanks all.

Great advice. Much appreciated.

Of course it will also come down to the individual condition of the vessel.

It looks like tankage is maybe not as amazing as you would find on say a Hallberg Rassy, but the accomodation layout is well suited for our needs as a family (who would look to take onboard additional guests/crew for longer passages).
__________________
FOLLOW us here on our new blog
chall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 15:37   #8
Registered User
 
patprice's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tasmania
Boat: Swanson 36 in Australia Bavaria 42 in Med
Posts: 260
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Quote:
Originally Posted by chall View Post
Hi all,

We are a family of 4 looking to purchase a 40 something centre cockpit vessel in the Med to sail back to Australia.

One of the designs that has caught our interest is the Moody 42. (Later 2000s model NOT 70s model).

We have also considered the older 425's.

Anyone have any experience or insight into the Moody 42?
Go for it! A few thoughts though.....

We bought a Bavaria 42 a few years ago to sail the Med and then bring her back to Australia. Plan is failing as we now spend 5 or 6 months in the Med and love it. Australia is getting further away.

Moody yachts are in the minority in the Med. Why lock yourself in to one brand. Lots of yachts for sale in the Med. And as you recognise a lot cheaper than Australia.

This is personal taste, but I prefer an aft cockpit. Centre cockpit boats are not all that common in the Med as they are not so easy to tie up "stern to".

On the financial aspect, I wonder if a Moody would be the most financially efficient considering all costs including import and resale?

As I said, go for it. It has been a wonderful experience in our lives. If we bring Penelope back to Aus then we will need to have a boat in the Med also!!!
patprice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 23:24   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Med
Boat: Moody 49
Posts: 53
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

I have a centre cockpit Moody in the Med. I can only say that I do not understand the comment about difficulties when stern too mooring.
Once moored the centre cockpit gives you more privacy and security.
Mark Thurlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-12-2017, 23:48   #10
Moderator
 
Dockhead's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The boat: Cowes (Winter), Above 60N (Summer); me: somewhere in the air!
Boat: Cutter-Rigged Moody 54
Posts: 22,674
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

The 42 is a lengthened Moody 40, so it's a mid-90's design, prior to the last generation of raised saloon boats from Dixon. This was the period when Moody was still trying to resist the flood of mass produced continental boats, so there are some economy measures like iron keel, but otherwise they are built like brick outhouses with proper through-bolted bulkheads, massive chainplates, and in all respects an absolutely first rate structure, always Moody's strong point. As others have pointed out, the layout is excellent (Bill Dixon really knew how to do that), but the joinery is not as good as you will find in Hallberg Rassys or Oysters. But they are stick built with no liner and made by hand, so not much similar to the mass produced continental boats. But you pay for that -- they are pretty expensive for what they are. I don't like the sail drive, but you will be hard pressed to find a modern boat of that size without one. Pretty good choice in my opinion. You might want to look at Contests and Hallberg Rassys also -- you might find one of similar size for a similar price. The Contest 42S is a particularly lovely boat and will cost about the same as the Moody.
__________________
"Parce que je suis heureux en mer, et peut-être pour sauver mon ame. . . "
Dockhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-12-2017, 13:36   #11
Registered User
 
patprice's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tasmania
Boat: Swanson 36 in Australia Bavaria 42 in Med
Posts: 260
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Thurlow View Post
I have a centre cockpit Moody in the Med. I can only say that I do not understand the comment about difficulties when stern too mooring.
Once moored the centre cockpit gives you more privacy and security.
You have a centre cockpit, I do not. I accept what you say and must agree concerning privacy. I am sure we both love the Med!
patprice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-12-2017, 21:26   #12
Registered User
 
chall's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Boat: Martzcraft 35
Posts: 163
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Thanks all for the food for thought. Great insight. Much appreciated.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Dockhead View Post
You might want to look at Contests and Hallberg Rassys also -- you might find one of similar size for a similar price. The Contest 42S is a particularly lovely boat and will cost about the same as the Moody.
I am also looking at Hallberg Rassys 42Fs, 45/46. The are great designs but with a premium.

I do not know much about the contests. Thankyou for the suggestion though, I am googling them and sending off a couple of emails as I type!
__________________
FOLLOW us here on our new blog
chall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-12-2017, 22:02   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5,487
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Contests are also lovely boats but if in equal condition are usually at a pretty good premium, at least they used to be. I've always liked them.
robert sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-12-2017, 04:06   #14
Moderator
 
Dockhead's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The boat: Cowes (Winter), Above 60N (Summer); me: somewhere in the air!
Boat: Cutter-Rigged Moody 54
Posts: 22,674
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

Quote:
Originally Posted by robert sailor View Post
Contests are also lovely boats but if in equal condition are usually at a pretty good premium, at least they used to be. I've always liked them.
About the same price for these models.
__________________
"Parce que je suis heureux en mer, et peut-être pour sauver mon ame. . . "
Dockhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2018, 16:23   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Annapolis
Boat: Moody 54
Posts: 43
Re: Moody 42: Bluewater family cruiser?

We have been living on and sailing our Moody 54 for three years and love it. Beautiful and sturdy boat.
__________________

MamaKube is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Bluewater, cruise, cruiser, family, water

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can my family take your family out to dinner? Need to discuss RTW tactics of family Liminality Families, Kids and Pets Afloat 5 13-10-2016 21:04
For Sale: Moody 39 - Bluewater Cruiser markw Classifieds Archive 6 01-07-2011 14:44
For Sale: 1977 Moody 39 - Bluewater Cruiser markw Classifieds Archive 2 07-05-2011 17:34



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:26.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.