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Moody 36

Brief details


Marine Projects Ltd. for A. H. Moody & Sons


The Angus Primrose designed Moody 36 has very similar accommodation space to the later Bill Dixon designed versions which command much higher prices. The example illustrated here is an immaculately maintained and considerably updated example, but all these earlier Moody 36s offer a lot of space for the money along with surprisingly good performance.


36' 0"

Sail area

710 sq ft main and genoa


30' 0"




12' 4"


2 plus saloon


5' 0"




14,700 lbs


Volvo diesel


6,680 lbs



Keel type

Iron Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder


The Moody 36 was introduced in 1977 and is essentially an enlarged and improved version of the 1972 Moody 33 design by Angus Primrose for Moody. The original Moody 33 was immediately popular for it's accommodation, but was not thought of as particularly fast until the designer took a standard cruising boat straight off the production line and came 4th out of 54 in the AZAB Race, surprising many much more spartan "racers".

The Angus Primrose Moody 36 is as the owner calls it ".... a Moody 33 on steroids". Given the extra length everything can be just a bit bigger than the (already spacious) Moody 33, with an internal "walkthrough" to the double berth aft cabin with en-suite heads.

About 90 of these Moody 36s were built between 1977 and 1981, with some minor variations in the aft cabin and aft heads layouts. They have a very distinctive look with a flared bow and a recessed foredeck giving a very safe area for anchor work.

The original engines were normally 35 hp Thornycroft diesels: this yacht was re-engined with a 40 hp Volvo Penta MD2040.

Moody 36 for sale
Saloon - Moody 36 for sale

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Moored aft
Under sail
Cockpit forward
Accommodation plan
Forecabin berths
Forecabin access via forward heads
Forward heads

The forward heads occupies the full beam of the boat, with WC to starboard and basin to port.

Forward heads basin

Above and outboard of the washbasin is a hanging wet locker behind mirrored doors. All the heads and galley worktops in this yacht have been replaced in Corian.

Saloon aft
Galley area
Cooker and double sink
Chart table
Passageway to aft cabin
Aft cabin
Aft heads

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