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Moody 47

Brief details


A H Moody & Son Ltd, Southampton

The Moody 47 is a largish production cruiser from Moody Yachts, designed to be be sailed easily by two people. All the sail controls are led to the cockpit and in-mast furling was part of the standard rig. Accomodation was aimed at owners rather than charter companies, hence the number of berths was no more than on many smaller Moodys. There were some choices of layouts for the forward cabin area.


46' 6"

Sail area

1,325 sq ft main and genoa


38' 9"




14' 8"


2 cabins plus saloon


6' 9" or 5' 3"


usually 6 excluding saloon


27,500 lbs


Thornycroft diesel


11,000 lbs


60 or 66

Keel type

Deep or shallow iron fin keels with rudder on half skeg.


The Moody 47 was designed by Bill Dixon in 1981/82, and was moulded and fitted out by Moodys themselves at Southampton, although they had already started subcontracting the build and fit-out of a number of smaller yacht designs to Marine Projects Ltd. at Plymouth.

The hull design remained in production till 1989, although various internal layout changes were made, as well as alterations to the transom and a slight increase in overall length: these variants were called the Moody 471 and Moody Culverneer. In total 31 of these Moody 47/471/Culverneers were built between 1982 and 1989. Essentially the same hulls were then used for the Moody Marksman 47 and 50 designs, of which a further six were built by Moodys from 1988 to 1991.

Options included spray protection from a stainless steel framed windscreen, or another option of a GRP doghouse with stainless steel edged windows and complete cockpit tent. In-mast furling was standard. The example illustrated is a widely travelled 1986 example, with slightly tired interior.

Photo moored 2015

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Photo moored in 2015
Ashore 2015
Saloon forward

The forecabin has a double berth to starboard, and a single plus pipe cot above to port.
The forward heads is in the bow - photo below - the white hatch doors above the heads
opens into a large sail locker with a deck hatch above.

Forward heads
Saloon table
Accommodation plan

The Moody 47 was built with a number of minor variations in layout: the plan above
is close to correct for the yacht illustrated except that the berths in the forecabin
are slightly different.

Saloon aft
Chart table
Chart table detail
Aft cabin
Aft heads

The usual engines were a Thornycroft T140 60hp or T150 66hp diesel

Ashore bow 2015

The first hatch aft of the anchor windlass locker gives deck access to a large sail/gear storage locker, seen in the photo at left. There is also internal access through a pair of opening doors in the forward heads compartment

Deck aft
Cockpit aft
Aft deck
Cockpit forward
Moored 2012