Moody 45DS: A Mini Review
Jeremy McGeary reviews this creative cruiser for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show.
HanseYachts of Germany recently picked up a piece of Old England with the acquisition of the Moody name. It also picked Bill Dixon, who has a 20-year history with Moody Yachts, to design the first model to come down the ways under the new arrangement. It seems, too, to have stirred his creative juices.
The Moody 45DS brings to a monohull the approach used in many catamarans, placing the saloon and galley in the deck house and on the same level as the cockpit. Down below are three staterooms, two of which are essentially amidships, and two heads. Modular furniture components allow a degree of mix and match in customizing the arrangement.
A calf-height bulwark around the deck is topped with a stainless-steel handrail, giving the boat a distinctive look and providing some serious security. Twin wheels are connected to twin rudders, and the cat connection is taken further in the hard top that extends over the cockpit from the deckhouse roof.