Plymouth , GB

Moody 42 CC

£ 108,500 VAT Paid

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  • Year 2001
  • Length 41.99 ft | 12.8 m
  • Beam 3.9 meter
  • Max Draft 1.85 meter
  • Engine Volvo Penta   MD22

Boat Details

This Moody 42 has had only 2 owners from new and is now viewing afloat here in Plymouth after returning from a summer cruise in the Scottish islands in 2018.

New standing rigging in 2019. One of the best Moody models produced and much sought after. Centre Cockpit cruising at it's most refined.


Builder: Marine Projects Plymouth

Designer: Bill Dixon


Number of single berths: 1

Number of double berths: 3

Number of heads: 2

50 hp Inboard Diesel 

Sleipner Bow Thruster.


  • Depth sounder - Raymarine ST60
  • Wind speed and direction - Raymarine ST60
  • Compass
  • DVD player
  • Radar - Raymarine
  • GPS - GPS 300
  • Plotter - Raymarine C120
  • Log-speedometer - Raymarine ST60
  • TV set
  • Autopilot - Raymarine ST6000



  • Furling genoa
  • Furling mainsail - with vertical battens
  • Gennaker/Cruising spinnaker - with snuffer


Aluminium Mast and Boom by Selden.

In-mast Roller Reefing

Roller Furling Genoa

Spinnaker pole - mounted on mast track


Inside Equipment

  • Hot water
  • Marine head - x 2
  • Battery charger
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Heating

Electrical Equipment

  • Inverter
  • Shore power inlet

Outside Equipment/Extras

  • Teak side decks
  • Life aft - 4 man
  • Teak cockpit
  • Tender
  • Electric windlass
  • Covers
  • Spray hood

What the experts say...

Yachting Monthly; 

What’s she like to sail?

The Moody 42 was designed for long-distance cruising, so she is solidly constructed and simply but stoutly rigged.

Her high displacement and sail area/displacement ratio put her firmly in the cruiser bracket. Her displacement to waterline comparison is more favourable performance-wise than the earlier Moody 40, but still means she is stiff and well able to stand up to her sail.

Her ballast ratio is not as high as some, but putting the greater part of the cast- iron ballast in a bulb at the keel foot means it is more effective.

See what happens when Duncan Kent takes a Moody 42 for a cruise down the Solent.

She is easy to sail single handed as all the sail controls are within easy reach of the helmsman.

The cockpit, however, is a long way above sea level and the Genoa is large and low-cut, so visibility forward from the cockpit is restricted.

The semi-balanced rudder keeps the helm light but positive and the half skeg increases the integrity and strength of the rudder mounting.

She is an easy and satisfying yacht to sail, so long as you’re not expecting her to be a flyer in light airs.

Where she makes up for it is in her ability to keep powering on in heavy seas and to stand up to her sail plan, even when you let her become slightly over-canvassed.

She also has a gentle motion at sea, making living aboard her on long passages safe, secure and comfortable. 

What’s she like in port and at anchor?

Her foredeck is flat and uncluttered, and she has twin, self-stowing anchor bow rollers, which are essential if you want to weather out a gale on the hook.

She also has a powerful electric windlass and a deep anchor chain locker with enough space for at least 60m (196ft) of heavy chain and a further 20m (65ft) of warp.

The headsail furling drum is a foot or so above the deck, well clear of the anchor, and her slightly overhanging bow helps protect her stem when retrieving the ground tackle.

The deck area is ample and uncluttered – especially the after deck, where there’s room to sunbathe, shower or inflate a dinghy. Gates in the guardrails and two deep steps give good access to the water and the steps are wide enough to stand and shower on safely. She also has a deep, fold-down boarding ladder.

You won’t get more than four in the cockpit comfortably, or six if two sit behind the wheel, but below decks her saloon is roomy enough to cater for six dining or eight for a relaxing drink.

Would she suit you and your crew?

The Moody 42 is a big boat – both in interior volume and displacement terms.

She’s equally suited to coastal family cruising or more ambitious blue water work. She’s very comfortable to live on, both under way and at anchor, and there’s enough room for all the long-term cruising essentials such as a generator, inverter, watermaker, hot water tank, extra batteries, dive gear, kedges, dinghy and so on, without having to lash stuff to the rails.

For those who like a good-size, dedicated navigation station with bags of room for displays and instruments, the Moody 42 certainly cuts the mustard.

If you like to feel safe and secure in all weathers and are not interested in chasing others around the cans on a Sunday morning, then this boat could be the one for you.

Australian reviewer; "The Moody 42 does give off a slight whiff of blue blazer, cufflinks and club tie... The good news is that the handsome interior has not been achieved by sacrificing seakindliness..."

There was a moment during our test sail of the Moody 42, when someone onboard said: "I wonder if anyone has ever done this before with one of these boats?" We were bashing into the teeth of a 20-25kt sou'wester, first reef tucked into the mainsail and water over the foredeck as we plunged through a nasty, steep chop off Port Melbourne.

"Don't they say gentlemen never sail to windward?" someone else quipped.

Indeed, I was pleasantly surprised by the yacht's performance during our test sail, and am sure that gentlemen could sail this yacht to windward even in nasty weather - if they should ever design to do so.

For me the Moody name has always been synonymous with cold climate cruising around the British Isles and across the English Channel. While that's certainly been a major part of the market for Moody Yachts (these days a partnership between two English companies, Moody Marketing & Development and Marine Projects, the UK's largest production boat builder), many of these centre cockpit craft can be found cruising in more tropical locations, across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, for example. Others have found their way into local waters in the hands of Australian buyers.

The designer of the Moody cruisers is Bill Dixon, a well known and respected name in the cruising world and also the superyacht scene. The 42 is an extended version of his previous Moody 40 design, adding space in the aft cabin and the big lazarette area.

Construction is in hand-laid fibreglass, with balsa cored sandwich construction above the waterline and in the deck. The deck edge incorporates a raised bulwark with teak cap rail, something of a Moody signature.

The hull is stiffened by bonded-in frames and stringers, in conjunction with semi-structural internal mouldings.


Centre cockpit configurations cost more than aft cockpit models in terms of weight and overall price, but there are some big benefits, too.

On deck, the aft area is free of flailing sheets and other traps for guests, who can be seated out of harm's way on the individual seats thoughtfully provided in both corners of the pushpit.

While the cockpit is smaller than you'd expect to find on a comparative-sized aft cockpit yacht, this has been turned to advantage for shorthanded sailing, as the helms person can easily reach the headsail sheets, mainsheet and traveller control lines.

Also, the centre cockpit is higher than a standard aft cockpit, so that crew are somewhat less exposed to spray coming over the deck. A sturdy dodger helps considerably in this regard.

But it's below decks that the biggest benefits of the centre cockpit configuration are to be found.

The Moody 42's aft cabin is a wonderfully roomy, light and airy hideaway, with lots of headroom, storage space and seating around the large central double berth.

There are some nice details to be found here, such as the padded storage area for personal items like jewellery in the vanity desk on the forward bulkhead, and the mirrors inside the portside lockers.

The navigator gets his or her very own, very comfortable 'navigatorium' on the port side aft of the companionway, with a conventional nav desk with chart stowage under the lid, and plenty of space for instruments, electronics and electrical distribution panel on the adjacent wall panelling. 

Aft of this area is a wet hanging locker; behind which is a passage cabin with a mid-level single pilot berth. A clever arrangement allows this berth to extend to full adult length, or to be shortened with the use of a drop-in panel, which converts the aft end into an extra hanging locker for the stateroom and converts the passage cabin into a dressing room.

On the opposite side of the companionway is the walk-through galley, which makes use of both the inboard and outboard areas very effectively. There are twin stainless steel sinks, hot and cold pressurised water supply via mixer tap, refrigerated icebox, gimballed two-burner stove with oven, grill and protective crash bar, granite-look benchtops and ample stowage space.

Aft of here, between the galley and the stateroom, is the en suite bathroom, which has a separate shower cubicle as well as the main compartment for the marine head, hand basin and vanity unit.

A striking feature of the saloon area is the upholstery on the settees, either side of the drop leaf dining table. This looks beautiful amid the warm cherrywood veneers used throughout the interior.

Forward is another private double cabin, with a large V-berth and en suite bathroom.

This is set up with a lifting seat, which fits over the manual Jabsco toilet for use when showering. A nice touch is the provision of lightweight shower curtains to prevent items in the storage lockers and the door-mounted toilet roll from getting drenched when the shower is in use.

Throughout the interior, the finish appears to be of a consistently high quality, with no unfinished edges in evidence even in dark corners of cupboards and all doors secured with positive locks.

Emphasising the focus on shorthanded cruising comfort is the fact the standard Moody 42 rig includes an in-mast mainsail furling system.

The mast is deck-stepped, to make life easier for owners cruising along the canals of Europe. They can organise to have the mast lifted by crane and laid on the deck to negotiate low bridges and locks, and later re-stepped, more easily than with a keel-stepped mast. The mast step is supported by a compression post under the deck.

Rigging consists of two sets of sweptback spreaders, SS fore and aft lower stays, intermediates and shrouds (with loads transferred through the deck into the hull via stainless steel tie-rods), and a split backstay which is not adjustable without using tools.

The headsail is set up on a Furlex 300S roller furler, and the boom is supported by a rigid Selden boom vang, as well as a topping lift.

Deck hardware is a good quality mix of Lewmar and Rutgersen equipment, and the layout of halyards and sail control lines is fairly standard.

The boarding platform is very practical, with two decent steps moulded in, a sturdy stainless steel boarding ladder which hinges up (but strangely lacks a locking mechanism to hold it out of the water when not in use) and two stainless steel handholds. There are two large storage areas at the stern, accessible via deck hatches.

There are substantial stainless steel mooring cleats forward, aft and amidships, and the anchor locker in the bow is set up with a reversible electric anchor windlass with handset control (this can be plugged in to a socket at the bow, and another one beside the engine controls at the steering station).

The Whitlock steering pedestal is set up with a binnacle compass, handhold and single-lever engine control. The stainless steel wheel is leather covered and can be locked when back at the mooring.

We ventured out into a fresh afternoon seabreeze and steep Port Phillip slop with a willing crew of five, keen to put the Moody 42 through its paces. Some element of trial and error was involved, as this was the yacht's first outing in a fresh breeze.

The yacht tended to slide over waves rather than crash through. Our speed to windward may have been modest, probably in the 5-7kt range, but it was comfortable once we got a feel for the boat.

Downwind and by coming onto a broad reaching angle she loped along at perhaps 8-9 kts, tracking straight and tending not to be sidetracked by all but the steepest beam seas.

All in all, the Moody 42's performance in these conditions was impressive, in spite of the fact that the rig was not yet fully tuned. My assessment is that this is a very comfortable cruiser, both in terms of her sea kindly performance, and the level of creature comforts offered in the standard specification.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

Whilst we make best effort to obtain documentation from Vendors it is advisable to check what is available before travelling to view or making an offer.

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