G'day matey and good luck. We are expats Aussies from Perth now living back in UK winter months and sailing when the sun shines.
shape of this 'new'Moody is exactly the same as our Hanse 461, but no suprises as we all know who builds them now. Bit tongue in cheek of them to infer another designer
as our shared hull
design came from the board of Judel and Vrolyk.... but who cares.
We've had the 461 for near 5 years and sailed her 30,000 miles. From UK, all round the Med to Egypt
, back to Canaries
and over to Caribbean
, back to UK and then last year once more headed off south for Portugal
. Go check our blog to read how she has never let us down and flies when compared with other cruisers. You'll leave a HR 54 for dead.
And be aware we've never once had any water
over our stern and suspect our transoms are very similar heights. Suggest you take the more conservative view on this with a pinch of salt
, we no longe rlive in the days of Cole designs, and you'll find any big sea will lift
your big stern and water
will simply slide under.
And I've repeated this so many time I hope I am not boring - but they also had a lot less available on conditions back when Adlanrd wrote his book. IMHO if you cannot cruise
safely inside the weather
windows of info we all have available to us today, then maybe it is best for people to stay at home (or continue to go sailing on what look like lifeboats with sticks
I have climbed over the 45DS also at Southampton
and share what you see in it's appeal and maybe what they are aiming for. What I'd call a Med or Hamilton Island boat.
Sorry - no insults - but it is ugly. Plus must be real hard to park up when close to - as nix viz from each wheel
. But so what - I am sure you've realised these drawbacks already.
Balanced against the hull form, the efficient and easy handled rig, the ease and speed of sailing shorthanded, and finally the innovations in layout and internals - it come together to make it a very appealing 'livaboard' yacht. With a volume below that makes most 60 footers looked cramped.
So from from the way you've described your plans you've done well - I've no doubts it will fit your needs.
Good luck - enjoy - but do be aware we had initial friction issues with the folding anchor / windlass
set up on the 461. They continued producing with same issues on the 470. Suspect you'll have similar on the 45. Scuttlebut indicates they never sorted it at the factory so if you want some tips on those practical bits and how we sorted them, then pm me directly.