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Re: Cabo Rico 38 vs. Moody 376
Well, I don't disagree on any one point. It is definitely a trade-off. Like I said, the Moody has a really nice aft stateroom... roomy and airy. The Cabo is lacking in this regard, but the forward Pullman style double berth is not necessarily a deal-breaker. The Cabo has a dedicated shower which, as a live-aboard is very high on my wishlist. The lack of a dedicated shower is not necessarily a deal-breaker for the Moody, either, but it is a large consideration for me.
I like the design of the L-shaped dinette on the Cabo better than the standard center-line table on the Moody, but there again, the trade-off isn't a deal-breaker.
If the decision were one merely based on looks, I would choose the Cabo every time. It is a terribly sexy boat. The Moody is considerably more standard in it's looks, and actually reminds me a lot of the Formosa 43's.
So, here are the pros and cons:
Pros: Dedicated Shower, Cozy dinette area, gorgeous lines, very sturdy and dependable
Cons: No large stateroom, not a lot of extra sleeping space for guests, higher maintenance costs
Pros: Large aft stateroom, airy and bright, more nimble
Cons: No dedicated shower, center-line table arrangement, boring look
I feel that both of these boats would keep me safe and sound if I ever decided to go for a cruise across the pond or down south. I am aware that the Cabo's are prone to having leaky decks, but many have had their teak decks replaced with fiberglass, so I think this concern can generally be discounted. The biggest problem I have with the Moody is the shower situation. I know it isn't a super important concern, but it is something that I find very desirable on a boat.
I've done a lot of research up to this point and discounted everything from Hunter Legends to Vagabonds. The two I've settled on are the Cabo and the Moody, but I just can't decide which trade-offs I'm willing to live with.