The Moody 34 and Moody 346, designed by Bill Dixon, share quite a few similarities due to being designed for achieving a balance between performance and comfort. However, there are some notable differences between the two models.
The Moody 34 was introduced in 1982 and produced till 1986, when the manufacturing of Moody 346 began as its improved successor. The most significant difference between the two models lies in the interior layout, size, and comfort.
In terms of size, the Moody 346 is slightly larger with a length of 10.52 meters, whereas the Moody 34 has a length of 10.21 meters. Moreover, the Moody 346 showcases a more optimized and spacious layout featuring a more compact chart table and repositioned galley compared to the Moody 34 ensuring more free space.
Furthermore, the Moody 346 comes with a new innovation in terms of a large toilet and shower compartment aft on the port side, with the option of an entrance from the aft cabin, which is not present in the Moody 34. In the Moody 346, the forward cabin is also made more spacious with more locker room, and the taller output engine is used for better power.
In terms of keel design, the Moody 346 was available with bilge keels, improving stability and allowing the boat to remain upright when beached or in tidal areas, whereas the Moody 34 typically comes with a fin keel.
Overall, the Moody 346 was designed as an enhancement over the Moody 34, with changes mostly in the interior and keel design for improved comfort and stability.