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Moody Eclipse 33 deck saloon

Brief Notes


Moody/Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd.

The Moody Eclipse 33 is a deck saloon yacht, with well fitted accommodation, finished to Moody's usual high standards. Although nominally four to 5 berth, she is really designed as a comfortable cruiser for two.

Length OA

32' 6"

Sail Area

525 sq ft

Length WL

28' 0"




11' 2"




4' 9" fin or 3'8" bilge keel




12,465 lbs fin keel or 13,000 lbs bilge keel

Engine type

Volvo Penta 2003


4,154 lbs

Engine bhp


Keel type


Moody Eclipse 33

The Moody Eclipse 33 Mk I was designed for Moodys by Bill Dixon, and introduced in late 1987. Production continued until April 1994, when the the last of the Mk II models, was built.

The major difference between the Mk I and Mk II versions is that whilst the Mk I had a conventional wheel in the deck saloon steering position, the Mk II used a dual station Autohelm 4000 system, the removal of the console for the second interior wheel, and its fixed helmsmans seat, freeing up a considerable amount of cabin space.

A group of deck saloon yachts, including Moody's Eclipses 33 and 38, and Beneteau's Evasions in various sizes, appeared in the 1980s, but the type appeared to lose popularity after a few years. Manufacturers rediscovered the concept in the 2000s, with a flurry of new models, though mostly much larger boats. For this reason the older Moody deck saloon yachts tend to be sought after, as ecomonical ways to achieve comfort afloat.

Moody Eclipse 33

The Moody Eclipse range, although often viewed as "motor-sailers", and thus slow under sail, are actually based on modern sailing yacht hull/keel combinations, and thus offer good cruising performance under sail plus the comfort of a deck saloon layout. They were designed specifically to have in-mast mainsail furling and roller genoas, and hence are easily controllable by a small crew. "Yachting Monthly" reviewed the Eclipse 33 in December 2001, and commented "..... they're great boats for moderate-wind Channel cruising rather than bluewater. The cosy pilothouse will certainly extend your sailing season, and yes, she does sail surprisingly well too."

The yacht in most of the internal photographs here is believed to be the very last Eclipse 33 built, in 1994.

Moody Eclipse 33

The forecabin is clearly designed as the master cabin, with a good "dressing table" unit, plus its own access door to the toilet compartment

The heads compartment has a small separate shower area

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At right is the interior wheel position of a Mk I Eclipse

Below: aft cabin with double berth

Moody Eclipse 33

The accommodation is nominally five berth, but of these one is achieved by using the saloon settee. In fact, the Eclipse is really designed as a quite luxurious cruiser for two, with the option of a second double berth for guests. At 33 ft, she is an excellent compromise between providing plenty of accommodation space, yet not being too big to handle comfortably under way for two people

The cockpit, seen here with a full 'camper' cover, which many Eclipses have fitted

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