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Re: What makes a Moody a good bluewater boat?
I have gotten to the know the Moody 34's more intimately than I would have ever expected. There is nothing 'blue water' about them. They are decent coastal cruisers, but would be very far down on my list as a blue water cruiser.
Whether considered from from a hull form/motion comfort, stability/sail carrying ability, build quality, structural design, or pretty much any other standpoint, they are pretty mediocre boats. The glass work that I have seen is pretty dismal. In my mind they fail on the basics like leaving plywood structural components unfinished in concealed areas, even when these components are bolted to chainplates. They are loaded with idiosyncratic details that make long term maintenance difficult. Cabinetry appear to be held together with air driven pin fasteners. If your friends want to see what this looks like have them visit the 'Sailing Nervous' YouTube channel.
But also this is a very small boat for an aft cabin- mid cockpit layout. Bill Dixon, the boat's designer did a decent job of it, but having to leave circulation space for the passway, severely restricts space for storage. (not as bad as some small mid-cockpit boats that try to get a second head).
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