The Moody 36S Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Moody 36S, an aft-cockpit version of the Moody 36, was designed by Angus Primrose and built in the UK by Marine Projects Ltd.

A Moody 36S sailboat at anchorA Moody 36S

Published Specification for the Moody 36S

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 36'0" (11.0m)

Waterline Length: 30'0" (9.1m)

Beam: 12'4" (3.8m)

Draft: 5'0" (1.5m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 14,700lb (6,668kg)

Designer: Angus Primrose

Builder: Marine Projects Ltd (UK)

Year First Built: 1981

Year Last Built: 1983

Number Built: 19

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Published Design Ratios for the Moody 36S

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 13.4

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: Not published

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 243

4. Comfort Ratio: 25.1

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.0

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Moody 36S

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 13.4 suggests that the Moody 36S will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. In the absence of a published Ballast/Displacement Ratio for the Moody 36S we are unable to make any meaningful assessment of her stiffness under sail.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 243, tells us the Moody 36S is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 25.1 suggests that crew comfort of a Moody 36S in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 2.0 indicates that a Moody 36S would not be the wisest choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making owing to the lower resistance to capsize in strong winds and heavy seas that is associated with sailboats with a CSF of 2.0 and above.

Cruisers' Questions about this Sailboat...

What is the history of Moody sailboats?

The history of Moody sailboats is a long and fascinating one. Here is a brief summary based on the information I found:

  • Moody sailboats originated from the Moody shipyard in Swanwick, England, that was founded in 1827 by John Moody, a boat builder who specialized in repairing and overhauling fishing boats.
  • After John Moody's death in 1880, his son Alexander took over the business and started to build small dinghies. The shipyard produced its first sailing yacht, the Vindilis, in 1935, designed by T. Harrison Butler.
  • In 1965, Moody began to produce fibreglass sailing yachts that were known for their comfort and long distance suitability. They collaborated with naval architects like Laurent Giles, Angus Primrose and Bill Dixon to develop various models of centre-cockpit cruisers.
  • In 1973, Moody joined forces with Marine Projects, the manufacturer of Princess motor yachts, to cope with the oil crisis and the slump in the powerboat market. They produced up to 400 sailing yachts per year, ranging from 27 to 64 feet in length.
  • In 2003, Moody and Marine Projects parted ways due to falling sales in the sailing yacht business. Moody then partnered with VT Halmatic Ltd and launched a new model series, consisting of the Moody 49, Moody 56 and Moody 66.
  • In 2005, the founding family sold the yard to Premier Marinas Ltd, Swanwick. A year later, the production was discontinued. In 2007, German HanseYachts AG acquired the brand and started to produce newly developed Moody sailing yachts in Greifswald, Germany.
  • Since then, Bill Dixon has been appointed as the naval architect for all new Moody models. The brand has introduced two new model lines: the deck saloon series (DS) and the classic series (AC).

What are the main features of the Moody 36s sailboat?

The Moody 36s is a centre-cockpit cruiser that was designed by Bill Dixon and built by Marine Projects in Plymouth between 1996 and 2000.

It has a spacious aft cabin, a comfortable saloon, a well-equipped galley, a single bunk and a forward cabin.

It also has a choice of bilge, shoal or deep fin keels, a semi-balanced rudder with a half-skeg, and a sloop rig with inboard genoa tracks .

How does the Moody 36s sail?

The Moody 36s is a solidly built, medium-displacement cruiser that is capable of a reasonable pace in open seas, where it offers a sea-kindly motion.

It can point quite close to the wind, but performs best at around 50-55° off the apparent wind.

It is easy to sail singlehanded, with all the sail controls within easy reach in the compact cockpit.

It has excellent balance and little or no weather helm. It does lack downwind performance, so it needs a spinnaker to really get going.

How is the accommodation and storage on board the Moody 36s?

The accommodation on board the Moody 36s is generous and well laid out for cruising.

The owner's suite aft has a large double berth, plenty of storage, and access to the heads.

The saloon has a U-shaped settee to starboard that converts to a double berth, and a single settee to port that can be used as a sea berth.

The galley is a good size and has ample worktop space, storage, and appliances.

The forward cabin has two single berths that can be converted to a double with an infill cushion.

There is also a single bunk opposite the heads that can be used as extra storage or as a workbench.

The boat has plenty of stowage throughout, including lockers, drawers, shelves, and bins.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

Other sailboats in the Moody range include:

A Moody 33S sailboat at anchorThe Moody 33S

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