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Moody 33 Mk I and Mk II

Brief Notes


Marine Projects Ltd


The Moody 33 is a moderately fast centre cockpit cruiser with excellent accommodation for her size, and a powerful engine. They make an excellent family cruising yacht, if you are happy to accept access to the aft cabin via the cockpit.

Length OA

33' 0"

Sail Area

580 sq ft with genoa

Length WL

28' 5"




11' 5"




4' 5"




10,522 lbs

Engine type

usually Thorneycroft 90


3,815 lbs

Engine bhp


Keel type


Moody 31

The Moody 33, designed by Angus Primrose and built by Marine Projects Ltd., was first introduced in 1973. It was the first Moody design specifically aimed at mass production, rather than semi-custom designs, and rapidly became very popular.


The Moody 33 went through several minor revisions, and remained in production until late 1983. The Mk I models were built until 1976, and Mk II from 1976-1981. They have slight variations in internal layout, to the galley, chart table and saloon. Externally the only obvious difference is that Mk Is have a central hatch to the aft cabin, whilst in Mk IIs this is offset to port. From 1979 to 1981 an aft-cockpit version, the 33S, was also offered. The 1981 Moody 333 is very similar to the Mk 1, but has a walk-through to the aft cabin from the main saloon. In late 1983, this model was finally replaced by the Moody 34.

The main difference between Mk I and Mk II Moody 33s is in the saloon and heads, where the Mk I (photo above) has the heads compartment the full width of the boat, making the heads very spacious, and the galley opposite the dinette. The Mk II boats ( photo below) have the galley moved aft, and a settee extending past the main bulkhead, giving a smaller heads compartment. Externally the only obvious difference is that the hatch into the aft cabin on the Mk I is central, and offset on the Mk II.

Mk I layout above, Mk II below

The Mk II heads has basin and WC both to starboard, as seen above. The Mk I has the heads compartment the full width of the boat, with basin and WC on opposite sides, and arrangement that was seen by some as wasting space

Above Mk I - below Mk II

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The aft cabins have two single berths, and substantial storage space

Most Moody 33s still have their original 35 bhp four-cylinder Thorneycroft engine, a powerful, reliable and long-lasting power plant. The engine lives under the cockpit sole, with normal access via a large lifting panel in the forward part of the cockpit sole. For major work the aft section, on which the binnacle is mounted, can also be removed. Most yachts appear still to have their original engines.

A photo of a Mk II under sail from Moody's brochure

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