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Old 07-04-2012, 07:17   #1
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Moody 44 1995

Hello there......
i'm deep into process buying the 44 moody 1995.
we're 2 persons looking for long distance, center cockpit, live aboard yacht and the moody jump up as a good option, not to big and young boat relatively to our budget (135000$).
can anyone advice?
would appreciate if so dierct to my email : winckyst@netvision.net.il
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:42   #2
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:08   #3
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Dear Pete
thanks for your quick reply.
i've just registered in the MOA -waiting for their ok!
we have few thinking about small water and fuel thank 100-70gl, about the in mast fairling main sail,lack of storage space outboard.
i would be more than happy to hear your opinio or if you have other links in mind for the web?
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:40   #4
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Re: moody 44 1995

I used to own the exact same moody , well built and nicely finished but a very poor performer.
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a very poor performer.
Compared to a similar monohull or compared to a 44' cat?
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Re: moody 44 1995

We have several friends in the MOA who have Moody 44s and the slightly smaller 425. One couple in particular did the 2005 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers with their children without any real problems other than this was the year the tropical storm which should have gone West turned round and took aim on the ARC fleet.

It would be worth having a look back at some of the posts by Dockhead who has a Moody 54 and his discussions on inmast reefing and how the Moody range sail which I think you will find is very well.

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Hi: Another Moody sailor here. They are very beautifully made boats, with very good accommodation and deck plans. I don't know about the performance of the 44; my 54, from the same designer, Bill Dixon, is a sparkling performer, capable of breaking hull speed on any point of sail in 20 knots of wind (which means 10+ knots of boat speed -- even hard on the wind).

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I would caution you to be careful buying such an old boat. There are a million components which are time-limited and a boat of that age will be ready for a total refit if it hasn't already been done. Make sure you have a realistic estimate of what replacements and upgrades will be required, and factor that into the price.
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Old 08-04-2012, 00:58   #8
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Re: moody 44 1995

well....i would prefer getting a 54 2005 rather than 44 1995 but that's our budget (=about 25000$ for refit & upgrades)!
we also checkd the Northwind 47 (lovely but little to big for a us),Franchini 43 but Moody looks like the rational choose of them all.
what from your opinion would be the best solution for the in mast issue?
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well....i would prefer getting a 54 2005 rather than 44 1995 but that's our budget (=about 25000$ for refit & upgrades)!
we also checkd the Northwind 47 (lovely but little to big for a us),Franchini 43 but Moody looks like the rational choose of them all.
what from your opinion would be the best solution for the in mast issue?
I doubt that the difference in size between a 47 and a 44 could create any problem for you.

I prefer fully battened mains, at least on anything less than 50 feet, but in-mast furling doesn't suck provided the boat was designed for it with a taller rig and more ballast.
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Re: moody 44 1995

compared to other simular sized monohulls she was always slower , upwind down wind an average speed of 5 knots was good on a long trip.
When I purchsed her she was 6 months old , good sails and no in mast or in boom reefing
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compared to other simular sized monohulls she was always slower , upwind down wind an average speed of 5 knots was good on a long trip.
Sounds very slow indeed for a 44 footer. Perhaps the sails were blown out. I've never sailed one, so can't comment.
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I would have expected an average around 7 kts for a good cruising boat that size
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Re: moody 44 1995

since we are new in this cruising world......speed is not prime on my "worries' list".
safety first, quality of living aboard and slowly slowly we will get to all those long distance destinations.we are not in a hurry!!
any info with extra water and fuel inboard tanks that can be added?
is it possible change the in must into a fully battened in an inexpensive way?
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Re: moody 44 1995

450 litres of water isn't bad for a capacity but yes there is room to increase if you need to. If it's just a single passage then 25 litre cans would be simpler or if its extended cruising then perhaps think about a watermaker rather than carrying another half tonne of water.

Lots of good advice on watermakers on here.

I think 5 knots from a Moody 44 is dreadful, we manage that with a Moody 31 on passage. Would be worth popping a question into the MOA website to confirm average passage speeds. There is a forum for these sorts of questions for prospective owners were you don't have to be a member.

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thanks Pit.
i appreciate your help!
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