We needed a boat which was a save sea going as well as a home. We searched the boat market intensively for a safe boat suitable for comfortably living. The typical well-known mass product boats were off our list from the start as experience showed they were not built to a blue water sailing quality which would make us feel safe at sea. Due to our limited budget, the noble Swedish brands were not an option either.
We were pretty set on a centre cockpit to provide extra safety for the kids and a larger owner cabin for us. Moody, a well known brand designed by Bill Dixon was high up on our list and the 425 convinced us for various improvements that had been made from its predecessors, including two extra bunks (out of a total of eight) in the starboard walk through (which allows us to have guests in the en suite forward cabin or even an extra hand for a crossing, should we need it) and a comfortable swimming platform astern. 116 of this type were built between 1988 and 1991 through Marine Projects, Plymouth.
The fact that Moody is a well-known and trusted cruising boat brand, not only helps to keep the intrinsic value of the boat, but also comes with the advantage of finding advice and spare parts easily and a very active owners association
|Draft (fin keel)||1.83m||6′|
|Draft (shoal keel)||1.42m||4.66′|
|Displacement||9,900 kg||21,780 lbs|
|Ballast||3,811 kg||8,400 lbs|
|Water||409 ltr||90 gal / 107 US gal|
|Fuel||273 ltr||60 gal / 72 US gal|
|Thornycroft 50hp diesel engine.|