Moody 376 and 425 - Page 2 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 11 Old 12-28-2010
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
Moody crusing

I own a 2002 Moody 38CC, Bill Dixon design, and use her on the Chesapeake, keeping her in Deltaville. I have taken her to New England via the C&D Canal a couple of times. Have cruised all over the Bay.

Normally the boat has only my wife and I as crew, and it is fine for two adults. Four adults, look at the 42. The 38 would do with two small children. They would bunk in the V-berth. The settees can be slept on--by kids.

As a center cockpit boat, the rear cabin is very large with a queen centerline bunk--why we bought it. Climbing over someone or being climbed over at 2 AM is not the fun it once was. There are walk-throughs to the rear cabin on both sides of the boat--one from the galley; the other from the nav station and through the head, which has a separate and fully enclosed shower.

The 38CC Moody has one head which can be entered from the owner's aft cabin and the salon. Our boat has a genset (Panda 4.2) and air conditioning, for us a must. The genset allows running the a/c on the hook, and my genset can be set to exhaust via the main engine exhaust or directly under the boat. The latter option means you will not disturb anyone at anchorage. The boat has roller reefing for main and jib, for me a safety factor as one does not have to leave the cockpit. Every now and then something jams and has to be adjusted, but it is a boat and they do that.

The stern is sugar scoop and I keep my dinghy on davits, so at anchor, I lower the dinghy and one can swim off the stern and board there as well. However, swimming not so good on the Bay owing to the nettles (jelleyfish).

We have a dodger and bimini with zip-in side and rear panels with both isinglass and screen panels--a must for the occasional fly swarm. The fully enclosed cockpit keeps us dry in bad weather and warm, and in the summer, the screening means more time above at anchor in case the bugs are out or one is anchored too close to shore.

The engnie is a Yanmar 4JH3E I beleive--54 hp. The boat is overpowered as it is the same engine used in the Moody 42, as is most of the equipment, but I'd rather have that as in heavy wind or current, we never worry about enough oomph. Uses about a gallon an hour when motoring above 6 knots. I have a shallow draft wing keel, 4'9" and a small rig (52') which is ideal on the Bay. No sweat under the Cape May Canal bridges at low tide.

The boat is built solidly--the quality is fine. She sails well in medium and up air. She is heavy (18500) so she likes some wind. Heavy gives a stiff boat. She'll move slowly in light air, but when the wind gets to 14 or higher, she comes alive. Very comfortable sail; down below no noise at all when under any pioint of sail. Start reefing after 20 or 25 (if you like to bury the rail). And speaking of that, no rub rail. She has a teak cap rail (ugh--varnish) all around and I have stainless strakes screwed to the outside of the cap rail which absorb the dings of docking at the Bay's ubiquitous pilings.

Moodys are not cheap and there is a reason, and I was willing to spend a few more dollars to get a boat that can take more than I can. Very seaworthy; solid; stiff; peace of mind.
Moody38CC is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moody 42 BovaMarine Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 03-29-2009 08:43 AM
Moody 33 MK I kregar Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 03-04-2008 12:08 PM
Moody 46? orthomartin Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 02-20-2007 11:35 AM
Moody ericfremont Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 10-31-2002 09:33 AM
Moody 46 stuartcalwell Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 09-21-2001 03:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome