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Moody 425
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3 5524 Mon September 18, 2006
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100% of reviewers $135,000.00 9.0












Description: Moody 425
Keywords: Moody 425
 


Author
helmsmatt
Junior Member

Registered: July 2002
Posts: 4
Review Date: Fri August 23, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat. From the BVI to Florida, through the Abacos from Florida proved her seaworthiness. (Previous owner crossed Atlantic 3 times) Comfortable long distance cruiser for 2 - 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.
Sails very well, and fast. Predictable, very light helm, Points very well. Perfect weather helm. Easily singlehand with roller furling main and Jib controls run to the cockpit. Clear deck layout. Systems designed for ease of access, except for port side of engine. Nice sized aft cabin with double centerline berth. Nice layout with ample nav station.
Moody fiberglass quality is excellent. Rigging and hardware are first class and up-sized. Workmanship is very good. First quality stainless steel. Very useable galley with real counterspace. Easy access from dinghy through "sugar scoop" stern. Unique and excellent "sunning deck" behind cockpit, over aft cabin. Great for fishing, too. Very good factory support by email.
Issues:
-Non ventilated lockers. Lost storage space between interior walls and hull along port and starboard sides (Built A/C ducting into this dead space with no loss of storage). No easy access to chain plates. Low headroom for doorways (She will train you quickly, hopefully with minimum scalp and blood loss. I noticed this at 6'1", 5'8" wife doesn't notice). Difficult to access below cabin sole (except easy at bilge pump). Heads (two) are small. Separate shower stall would be better than the folding divider in master's head. One more inch of headroom in heads would be great, and could have been designed within the current envelope. Port and Starboard water tanks need separate valving and fills. Older 422 closet design across from forward head is more efficient than 425, though 425 layout in general is improved over 422.
Given the value/price, I would do it again.
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Review Date: Wed September 13, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
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After 4 more years... I found my review and STILL own my Moody.
Its really grown on me. I moved aboard in 2003 and have cruised in the Bahamas and up the U.S. east coast from Florida to Annapolis. This boat gets better all the time.
She sails great. Easy, light helm, and fast.
I've done loads of upgrades and she's about the way I want her... When I find a spare $10,000, I might repower (current engine is fine, starts every time, smooth, quiet, but spares have to come from England)
I've been to several boat shows and there's nothing in the $500K to $700K range that would make me want to switch.
Additionally, I've found the U.S. and U.K Moody owners' groups and they are a terrific, helpful bunch. And Moody still answers questions by email about the boat....very helpful.
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Review Date: Mon September 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $135,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
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A huge amount of boat for the money. I've had mine for seven years and have lived aboard her for two years and 6,000 miles.
Downsides: There really isn't alot of storage space. The bilge area is almost non-existent. You have to use the v-berth or the seaberths if you need to carry a lot of gear and food. The insulation on the refrig and freezer is pathetic. The icebox will fall about 3 degrees and hour. It is difficult to install new equipment because the boat is put together so well. The saloon windows weep, I know of no one who has figured out to get them to stop. The rubber stock tube leaks even after new seals are installed. Moody knows of the problem. Keel bolts are mild steel. Cockpit seats and floor are teak plywood. Good for about 9 years. Joinery/finish could be better. Perkins 4-108 is about 5-8 horses shy of what it should be. Fuel tank has no bleed point or scavenger tube. Moody is running out of parts for the 425. The parts dept. took a downturn about two years ago when they replaced the former manager.

Upsides: It's hard to list them all. Best boat under 45 feet that I've ever seen. She's handles beautifully under sail and power. A broad reach in 20 knots of apparent wind is something to behold. I've had her at 9.5 knots (GPS) for hours on end steering with my fingertips. She doesn't especially like light air beats, but then again my sails suck. I've yet to see a boat with a better layout below. She is eminently "liveable". She is built extremely well almost to the point of being overbuilt. Well thought out deck arrangement.
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