|Rob Williams Reviews|
A blue water cruiser that's easily sailed single-handed in comfort with a turn of speed. The Moody 45DS is one of those rare Deck Saloon Yachts that offers one level living; no steps down to the saloon.
Depending on the angle at which you first see her she may look a little squat but after you have been on board the initial impression disappears.
She handles easily under power from either on deck or via her self-steering from the chart table. While all Moody's are ideal boats to option-up, the 45DS comes with many features standard that you'd think would be add-ons.
Now built by Hanse, you can really see the innovations that they have put into this boat with designer Bill Dixon, while maintaining Moody's reputation for quality.
At the bow she has a below deck headsail furler with retractable cleats and a great easy launching anchor system with her windlass and controls.
Her all round bulwark with stainless steel rail gives a healthy feeling of security, especially at the pointy end. Looking aft you are struck by how uncluttered the coachhouse top and decks are; very safe fore and aft deck access plus a huge sun baking area.
The recessed self-tacking headsail track is just forward of the mast and all controls, including those for the in mast furling mainsail, lead aft to cockpit under deck. The control lines run through clutch banks on either side to power self-tailing winches that are easily accessed from each helm position.
Each binnacle has a compass and throttle controls that enable you to select which side you want to steer from and even whether you want to control the engine from the chart table. Aft are moulded helmsman seats with a fitted stainless steel rail.
Just behind the helm positions is a large under floor dinghy store access by twin teak topped doors. Further stowage is accessed from the stern swim deck.
The cockpit comfortably seats people and the engine instruments are positioned at the aft end of the table with the chart plotter aft on the table cloth. The cockpit is well sheltered by her GRP bimini, which has the sailing instruments on either side, and a roll-up fabric insert for those cloudy days.
Two cavernous lockers are at either side of the cockpit which are suggested positions for additional refrigeration, washing machines and the like; there'll be loads of room left for fenders and your choice of equipment or toys.
The saloon with its stunning panoramic windows, opening window on centre line for through air flow at anchor and four opening roof skylights is accessed from a full height double glass sliding doors. Photography inside the 45DS is difficult for enthusiastic amateurs due to the amount of light, even when the window screens are on.
On your port as you enter is the a sun-bathed galley finished in CoreanTM with integrated sinks, a 3-burner gimballed stove with oven, front and top loading Fridge, lockers and drawers and trash can. Extra cooling can be fitted in the locker opposite with pull out drawer type fridge - this locker also houses the pop-up TV. The saloon table and generous seating is on the starboard side further forward. There is a great pegged stowage for china forward. Opposite is the chart table which with the addition of plotter and auto-pilot options, becomes an all-weather piloting station.
The access stairway to the sleeping accommodation has the electrical control boards to port. With guest bedrooms to either side and bathroom to starboard , the passage leads to the spacious master cabin with ensuite toilet and separate shower aft.
It is testament to the design that the cabins seem spacious with 2.1m headroom in the master and good light and stowage. Aft of the accommodation is a generous central area which houses the engine room which is accessed from steps under a saloon floor hatch. Aft of the engine and gen set is a huge space which among other things could take a water-maker.
The 45DS equipped with a 106hp engine cruises at around 7.5kts using approx. 4 litres of fuel/hour. In moderate breezes the 45DS goes upwind at around 7kts. and in the 7.5+kts. range with the wind on the beam.
On the technical side, her hull is built with Corecell™ foam with Vinylester resin on all outer skins. Balsa sandwich construction is used in the deck laminate with Vinylester in the outer layer. Teak is on the side decks and on seats and cockpit floor Her twin wheel steering system has 2 semi-balanced, profiled rudders with alloy shaft and self-aligning needle bearings.
The positive feedback we've had on the boat highlights her Comfort and Style, Indoor/outdoor liveability, Full bulwarks for safety, Ease of Short Handed Operation, Quality of Fittings and Workmanship, Internal pilothouse, Self-stow anchor and the innovative design. The only real negative was from some who didn't like her modern-ess.