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Moody S31

Brief details

Builder

Moody Yachts (Marine Projects, Plymouth)

The Moody S31 is one of the later and more modern production designs for Moody by Bill Dixon, aiming at better sailing performance than many earlier Moody models, and with good accommodation within a modest overall length. It is also distinctly larger all round than the previous generation Moody 31s.

LOA

31' 9"

Sail area

516 sq ft main and genoa

LWL

26' 6"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

10' 10"

Cabins

2 plus saloon

Draught

5' 6" or 3' 9"

Berths

6

Displacement

10,218 lbs

Engine

Volvo MD2020 diesel

Ballast

3,250 lbs

BHP

19

Keel type

Iron bulbed fin keel or twin bilge keels with rudder on partial skeg

Sailplan

While the Moody name traditionally indicated a fairly spacious but not especially fast cruiser, a few of their later designs were aimed at buyers wanting a bit more performance, and were clearly aimed at competing with the French designs becoming popular in the UK at the time. The Moody S31 was one of these later Moodys. With more draught than the previous Moody 31, as well as a longer waterline length and broader beam, she offered both more speed under sail and substantially more accommodation volume, including a large aft cabin.

The Moody S31 was designed by Bill Dixon, and was sold with either fin or bilge keels and masthead or fractional rig. The example illustrated is a fin keel fractional rig yacht. As with all the "production" Moodys, the yachts were built and fitted out for Moodys by Marine Projects in Plymouth, who now operate as Princess Yachts. 145 Moody S31s were built in total, compared to over 300 of the older, smaller Moody 31s Mk I and II.

'Yachting Monthly' used boat tested the Moody S31 in 2012 and wrote "....the S31 has a sense of space that belies her 31 ft length" and "....sails well and exudes competence ...... all in all a lovely airy, able boat".

Moody S31 for sale
Moored stern
Ashore
Moody S31 for sale - saloon

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Forecabin as double
Forecabin
Saloon forward
Saloon table
Saloon looking aft
Chart table

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Chart table detail
Galley
Heads
Accommodation plan of Moody S31
Aft cabin entrance
Aftcabin double berth
Engine

Engine access

The Volvo MD2020 was the standard engine, driving a three-bladed prop via a Saildrive unit.

A ccess to the rear of the engine is by a hinge-up panel in the aft cabin, as seen above. Access to the forward part of the engine is by removing the two lower companionways steps with four wingnuts.

Ashore
Moored - Moody S31 for sale
Deck

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Ashore July 2018
Bow detail
Deck aft
Rig

One significant change from the earlier Moody 31s is the twin spreader rig without a babystay. The previous Moody 31 had a babystay taken down to the deck next to the forehatch. This both slightly interfered with foredeck space and caused a common problem of deck moulding distortion and gelcoat cracking there.

Cockpit
Cockpit forward
Cockpit aft

 

The Moody S31 offers a relatively modern design with remarkably good accommodation in a 31-foot length.

Moody brochure photo

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