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Moody 40

Brief details


Moody Yachts/ Marine Projects, Plymouth

A very high-volume family cruiser with the distinctive style of all Angus Primroses' designs for Moody of this era. The accommodation is very comfortable, and sailing performance fairly good.


39' 6"

Sail area

855 sq ft


32' 6"




13' 4"




5' 6"




18,150 lbs


normally a Thornycroft T108 diesel


6,680 lbs



Keel type

Fin and spade rudder

The Moody 40 was introduced in 1979, based on the earlier 1976 Angus Primrose designed Moody 39 hull, but with a larger aft cabin and different cockpit layout. They were produced with ketch or sloop rigs. They were built for Moody's by Marine Projects of Plymouth, production of this version of the Moody 40 continuing to 1981. In the late 1990s another version of the Moody 40 was built, designed by Bill Dixon.

The accommodation consists of a forecabin with two separate berths convertible to a double, with a forward heads with marine WC, hot and cold water, and shower. Opposite the forward heads compartment is a guest cabin with two single berths, one above the other, dressing table, locker and hanging space. The saloon has a U-shaped dinette to port with large lockers. Opposite this on the starboard side is a good sized fixed chart table, aft of which is a spacious, well laid out galley area. The aft cabin (which Moody's called a stateroom) has a large double berth, dressing table, and an en-suite heads, with WC, shower, and washbasin.

Even today, there are few 40-footers with better accommodation, and the aft cabin in particular is very spacious, with 6' 2" headroom, and a 78" x 56" double berth laid out athwartships

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Forecabin, with vee-berth converting to a double

The two-berth guest cabin has two fixed berths, each 6' 4" long, with leecloths, making it useful as a passage cabin underway as well as guest accommodation

Both forward and aft heads compartments are fitted with marine WCs, washbasins with H & C pressurised water, and a shower with mixer valve

The yacht illustrated here had the original carpeted flooring replaced with teak and holly

Moody 40

The Thornycroft engine is installed under the cockpit sole, with excellent access from the passageway to the aft cabin

The example illustared here was at the time of being photographed in the process of having an osmosis treatment carried out

Photograph of similar yacht from Moody's brochure (being driven rather harder than most cruising owners would choose)

The sunken anchor well in the bow is a feature of most of Primroses' designs for Moody

Moody 40

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