Moody 425

Penny Lane has had two owners since new.  From 1990 until 2013 she was owned by Mr. Tasos in Athens, we bought her in September 2013 and sailed her around the Mediterranean, followed by an Atlantic crossing, then up the Eastern Seaboard and back to the Caribbean.  

A very tidy example of the center-cockpit Moody 425.  Extensively upgraded to be a fully equipped ocean going sailing yacht. 

Prior to our Atlantic crossing our insurance company requested an inspection of Penny Lane.  The report stated:

“We have inspected the hull and fittings and can confirm that she is in very good condition, and in our opinion suitable as designed for long passages and offshore conditions.”

Read the full report here.

Overview

Make Moody
Model 425
Location Curacao – see exact location details here
Hull Material: Fibreglass (GRP)
Keel & Rudder Fin with rudder on skeg
Year 1991
Number 4096188
Designer Bill Dixon
Builder Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd

Measurements

Cruising Speed 7 kn
LOA:  41.67′ / 12.70m
LWL:  34.25′ / 10.44m
Beam:  13.33′ / 4.06m
Draft: 4.58’/1.4m (Shoal draft)
Displacement:  21220 lbs./ 9625 kgs
Ballast:  8400 lbs. / 3810 kgs
Liferaft Capacity 6 (new 2015)

Sails and Rig

Penny Lane is cutter-rigged with an inner forestay and furling staysail and in-mast main sail. An ideal rig for ocean cruising. The mast and boom are in great condition, and as quoted by a professional German rigger in Italy; ‘Normal boats are rigged 4 x over-spec, yours is rigged 10 x overspec!’  

She has a recently new main sail (2015), brand new stay sail (only used once) and a full wardrobe of other sails.  She was completely re-rigged in November 2014.  A couple of additional halyards have been rigged so that there are plenty of options for spinnakers, spare headsails and topping lifts.

Head Sails Two furling genoas that pre-date our purchase. Both in good condition with plenty of sailing years left in them
Stay Sail New in 2016 and only used once. This furls on the inner forestay and is ideal as a storm sail or for stronger conditions.
Spinnaker Poles Two poles allow two poled out genoas to be rigged, ideal for downwind sailing especially good for trade winds.  The main pole is mast mounted on a bayonet fitting, and easy to deploy ether side.  A second pole allows you to run a twin headsail rig.  This mounts to the mast on a regular mast-ring.  
Spinnaker Rarely used by us and in good condition.  All lines are new and ready to go.
Main Sail In-mast furling main sail, in very good condition, new in 2015.  The in-mast furling has also been recently serviced.   The sail shapes up well and is easy to furl.  Furling can be done at the mast or in the cockpit.
Rigging Penny Lane was completely re-rigged in November 2014
Seldon Mast and Boom Excellent condition, with mast steps for easy access to the rig
Storm Rig Inner forestay completely re-rigged with new fittings, using the same furler, and a turnbuckle at the foot allows the inner forestay to be tensioned nicely.  With our new heavy weight (9oz) Staysail in situ this makes for an excellent storm rig, the combination of easy to reef main and heavyweight staysail making for an excellent heavy weather set up.

Accommodation

Forward Cabin is a V-berth with top storage lockers, hanging closet and manual toilet. The head with shower is aft to starboard with door access from either the V-berth cabin or the salon. A large closet with storage is across to port.

The main salon has a U-shaped dinette to starboard and a straight settee to port with storage outboard and two 12-volt fans. The galley is aft to port with loads of convenient storage, a door to the aft of the galley leads to access the aft head. The sit-down, forward facing navigation station is to starboard. Aft of the navigation station is another guest cabin with over/under berths with storage below and to starboard.

The aft owner’s cabin, which can be accessed from either port or starboard, has a centreline berth, full length mirror and loads of storage throughout. The aft head with shower is accessible directly from the owner’s cabin.

Number of single berths 2
Number of double berths 2
Number of Cabins 3
Number of Heads 2
Holding Tank Yes

Electrical System

We designed the electrical system to be as self-sufficient as possible in a family cruising boat, and now we are able to stay at anchor or voyaging with little or no exernal power for weeks or months.

The Solar Panels are 2 x 235 Watt Panasonic panels, which creates something approaching 470 Watts of power on a sunny day. We convert this with a Victron Bluesolar MPPT solar charger, MPPT meaning that the charge rate alters constantly both to reflect the amount of power being generated, and the needs of the battery. This maximizes the charge and battery condition. In practice this means that you can often be taking 20 amps into the 12V batteries from Solar alone.

We can then run the Katadyn watermaker (8 amps), fridge (3-6 amps) and still have power left over for charging the batteries, running lights, or the autohelm and instruments when on passage.

On night runs we would run the engine for a short period in the middle of the night to keep the battery’s well topped up and in perfect condition. On cloudy days you may have to use the engine to make a little electricity, but in the Caribbean this is quite a rare event.

If you do run the engine then the charging is managed by a Sterling smart charger, which again monitors the battery condition, and optimises the voltages to maximise the condition of the batteries. You can set the unit to the correct voltages for each of the main battery types, and there is good documentation on board should you ever want to change away from the Gel type.

In order to know what is going on with the batteries and the charge levels, I installed a Bogart Trimetric battery condition monitor. This monitors not only the voltage of both battery banks, but also counts every amp in and out of the leisure bank, meaning that you always have a pretty good idea of the state of charge, the mount of current going in or coming out, and when you need to make electricity.

If you know the Moodys you’ll know that there is usually a battery switch so you can use or charge battery 1, or 2. After endless consultation with the Austrian Marine Electronics Guru Dieter Samitz of Metronix in Lefkas (http://www.metronix-gr.eu/), I modified this system as follows. Now all charge flows at all times into the leisure bank. A diode connects this to the starter battery meaning that the starter battery is always charged but never floods back, so even when the leisure bank is low, you can always start the engine. Should you have problems with a duff starter battery you can always jump across from the leisure bank, but this has never happened to me, and the batteries are kept topped up as efficiently as possible, and there is no decision making “Oh I forgot to switch the battery switch over, and now our leisure batteries are flat”. This can’t happen anymore, we think it’s a pretty ideal solution for keeping the batteries always ready for use and in good condition.

If you need shore-side power then we have connectors for either UK, or EU power connectors, but the system is 220/240V – not the 110 that is common in the US. The original Moody charger is available to put the shore power into the battery. Its voltage is slightly sub-optimal but this doesn’t matter when there is plenty of shore power. And the Solar will still top up to optimal levels anyway. If you want to connect in the US you can put a regular battery charger straight onto the batteries from the shore power, or there are sensible priced chargers available which accept both 110V and 220.

Batteries 3 x house and 1 x starter, Lucas sealed (deep cycle) 120AH.
Smart Battery Charger Sterling power smart digital charging regulator and battery conditioner.
Dockside Power Original Moody charger and converter for dockside power (240V).
Battery Charge Monitor Bogart Trimetric TM2030
Solar Panels 2 x Panasonic Solar panels, mounted on stern arch, 235W each, with Victron Bluesolar MPPT Charge Controller
Internal Lights LED bulbs in most internal and navigational lights. (Warm LED inside)

Propulsion

A brilliantly reliable engine, it has been regularly serviced and comes with a large number of spare parts.

Drive Type Shaft Drive
Engine Make Perkins
Engine Model Prima M50
Engine Year 1991
Total Power 50 hp
Engine Hours Total engine hours are 3248.

Plotters

We have a nicely integrated set of instruments, including a pair of Raymarine plotters, linking with the radar, GPS, AIS (with radar overlay).  The plotter includes a worldwide set of navigational chips.

The Raymarine Classic E120 plotter lives in a solid console in the cockpit, well protected under the canopy.  The E80 is inset into the wall panels by the chart desk down below.  These are both set to display the same information.  In practice we often left the E80 down below off (unless we were plotting a course) so the E120 is set as the master. 

We have a worldwide set of navigational chips, the “Americas” chip was up to date until late 2016.  The others would benefit from a Navionics update depending on were you choose to cruise.   There are a number of paper charts for different regions stored under the main berth in the living area.

Plotters Raymarine E120 and E80 pair (E120 in cockpit), E80 at chart table.

Autopilot

Penny Lane’s autopilot is a solid piece of equipment that handles her steering effortlessly in all conditions. New in 2015.

Being a modern unit with a very advanced Gyroscopic / compass unit, it has always been really excellent at steering a course.   The interface with the wind instruments allows you to set it to steer a course by the wind, which is incredibly handy if you don’t want to be re-trimming the sails all the time on a long passage.  So that you don’t forget an important course change however, it bleeps at you every time the wind changes by more than 10 degrees, so you can’t go wildly off course without knowing it. 

When motoring of course you are likely to leave it to steer a compass course.  The linear drive unit is mounted on the steering quadrant beneath the floor boards of the stern lazarette.  I had the linear drive serviced in Le Marin – Martinique, after our Atlantic crossing (2015) , including a new clutch unit and steel planetary gears (to take it to the full Ocean spec.).

Autopilot Raymarine ACU400 with PC70 control head and Type 2 linear drive, mounted on the steering quadrant. It integrates the wind instruments with an EMEA connection and GPS. New in November 2015.

Radar

Integrates with the Raymarine plotters is a mast-mounted Radome. This needs the engine to be running as it tolerates only full battery voltage, but otherwise works very well and you can overlay its output onto the plotters which is very hands.

Radar RadarRaymarine RD218 Radome mast-mounted, integrated with plotters.

AIS

The AIS system is an AIT 2000, is an essential piece of equipment for any boat.  It allows you to be seen clearly and helps you view the boats around you.  This has given us huge piece of mind on night voyages. 

It is wired so you can disable its transmissions, ideal for when you are in harbour.  This integrates with the plotters via an NMEA – Seatalk NG (Raymaine) interface so all the AIS information is displayed clearly on the plotters.  

The proximity alarms are useful on a long passage, you can usually pick up vessels on the AIS reliably about 6-10 miles out, though you can also see them before that on a clear night. 

There is also a Radar reflector high on the mast, which will support the AIS transmitter in making you clearly visible to commercial shipping.

AIS Type B unit AIT2000 integrated with plotters which receives other ships positions and transmits your position.

Watermaker

Katadyn E80 (8 Amp / 12 Litres per hour) will take away one of the big hassles of living on-board a boat. Set up to run easily on the solar panels it will quietly chug away all day long providing you with plenty of water. No worrying about running out of water and finding your next tank fill or noisy generators needed for the power.

Set Up: The intake is forward facing and well forward on the hull, and it draws through a strainer and a pair of filters which allow you to keep the second filter fine and clean, and take very clean water into the unit. It outputs either into the foot-pump tap and into the sink or into the port tank. This is required when you start up until the water comes through clear, and ideal if you want to fill up some delightfully fresh drinking bottles.

Long Voyages: It makes water into the port tank which can be isolated from the starboard tank on long voyages. This is useful in the unlikely event of salt water contaminating your tank water. You will have the full confidence that you will have a full tank (200L) of fresh water still available. On our Atlantic trip with a crew of 5 we had one tank untouched and further spare water tanks at the end of the voyage.

Spare Parts:There are copious spares including filters, pickling solution and flushing solutions.

Directions:The Katadyn has great instructions (all available on the boat) and you can quickly learn the pickling process. Ideally this should be done if you’re not using the system for more than 3-4 days. It is important always to fill a container up with good water and then keep it for pickling and flushing, as you can never draw tap water through the watermaker – it destroys the membrane.

As always we will be happy to share our knowledge of how this works with the new owners.

Watermaker Katadyn E80 (8 Amp / 12 Litres per hour) mounted under the flood, runs from solar panels. Makes water into the port tank which can be isolated from the starboard tank on long voyages. Copious spares including filters, pickling solution, set up with 2 Pre-filters and forward-facing water intake.

Deck Gear

Winches All the winches have been regularly serviced. There are a pair of dual speed Lemar self-tailing winches for the Genoa and the heavy work, plus a smaller pair of self-tailers for the secondary sails.
Mainsheet Traveller The mainsheet traveller has its own single speed winch, we replaced the traveller car 2 years ago with a new “Southern” unit.
Granny Bars / Mast Pulpits Two solid bars at the mast, ideal for ease of deck work at sea.

Ground Tackle

A recent purchase (2015) was the fantastic Mantus anchor which gives holding like you would not believe. No sleepless nights with this beauty!

Main Anchor Mantus 65 Lb/30 Kg Anchor
Chain 100 metres/328 feet 3/8 galvanized chain
Kedge/Auxillary Anchors 2 x smaller Danforth anchors with 5 – 10m chain and warp
Anchor Windlass 1000W Lofrans Atlas with hand-held and cockpit actuators

Other Equipment

Internet Rogue-pro and Wave Wifi integrated long range Wifi, including both SIM-based (GSM) and Wifi connections to internal Wifi Router. Antennae mounted on the stern arch.
Bow-Thruster Out of commission at present. New Bow tube fitted and gearbox installed. Motor and New solenoid available for re-fitting. Was useful in the Mediterrnean but not in the Caribbean.
Additional Log-Speedometer, Compass, Wind speed and direction, Depth Sounder,
Knotmeter, Brass clock and barometer, Binoculars

Autopilot

Raymarine ACU400 with PC70 control head and Type 2 linear drive, mounted on the steering quadrant. It integrates the wind instruments with an EMEA connection and GPS. New in November 2015, it is a solid piece of equipment that handles Penny Lane’s steering effortlessly in all conditions.

Being a modern unit with a very advanced Gyroscopic / compass unit, it has always been really excellent at steering a course.   The interface with the wind instruments allows you to set it to steer a course by the wind, which is incredibly handy if you don’t want to be re-trimming the sails all the time on a long passage.  So that you don’t forget an important course change however, it bleeps at you every time the wind changes by more than 10 degrees, so you can’t go wildly off course without knowing it. 

When motoring of course you are likely to leave it to steer a compass course.  The linear drive unit is mounted on the steering quadrant beneath the floor boards of the stern lazarette.  I had the linear drive serviced in Le Marin – Martinique, after our Atlantic crossing (2015) , including a new clutch unit and steel planetary gears (to take it to the full Ocean spec.).

AutopilotRaymarine ACU400 with PC70 control head and Type 2 linear drive, mounted on the steering quadrant. Integrated with Wind / EMEA and GPS. Purchased November 2015.

Communications

We have a full condiment of communications to keep you in touch where ever you are.  Including the VHF, AIS, EPIRB, Satellite Phone and Delorme Inreach tracker.  This gives more than one back up system if anything fails off-shore.

The Satellite phone is the fabulous “Iridium Go”. This is mounted just behind the chart table, and has a lot of useful features:

  • Collect comprehensive weather information while on passage. 
  • SOS calls and message
  • Allows emails and SOS from every connected device. 

In practice this means you can upload both the Iridium Go apps to IOS or Android devices, and collect weather information in there.  There is a particularly nice App available called Weather 4D Pro, which imports a GRIB file of your specification, then overlays your course and speed on it and allows you to anticipate wind and weather at future points on various courses. 

AIS The McMurdo 406 MHz AIS is mounted just at the base of the companionway, and right by the Nav Station.
VHF Inbuilt Standard Horizon GX1000S 25 Watt DSC with mast-mounted antennae. New 2016.
VHF Hand held Standard Horizon HX290 floating with charging cradle (new 2016). Ideal for when going ashore.
Satellite Phone Iridium GO Sat phone including web and mail, provides connectivity for multiple devices on or off the boat. This is a very useful and cost effective way of route planning whilst off-shore. 
EPIRB McMurdo 406 MHz beacon, mounted by the companionway, registered, batteries replaced January 2015.
Personal EPIRBs There are several of these on the boat. From memory we have 4 including one that is kept in the grab bag.
Delorme InReach Penny Lane comes with a DELORME InReach tracker giving us a third source of emergency contact should it ever be required when offshore.

Dinghy

Davits on the aft for easy lifting of the dinghy.  Dinghy planes well unless very heavily laden.  

Westmarine Dinghy Rigid inflatable hypalon (new 2015)  
Dinghy Chaps Chaps to protect dinghy from sunlight
Outboard Tohatsu 9.9hp long shaft 2 stroke engine.  Outboard engine brackets. 
LOA 10ft 3

Galley & Internal Equipment

Refrigerator Keel-cooled Frigoboat 1471 unit replaced November 2014. This is a much more efficient system, putting the heat out into the water rather than the air in a hot cupboard below the sink. This also has a digital thermostat and display, so you can see exactly what temperature the fridge is at at any time.
Oven Force 10, Twin hob, oven and grill, original, with gas systems for US and European bottles. A pair of Aluminium 10LB 2.5 Gallon Propane tanks mounted in gas locker with USA fittings (including extension for Stern BBQ) and solenoid / cut-off. Spare European-type Camping Gaz bottles remain in stern Lazarette.
Water Pressure hot and cold freshwater system
Kitchen Comprehensive kitchen supplies, plates, knives, forks, pots, pans etc

Tanks

Water:  108 US gals. / 409 L
Fuel:  72 US gals. / 273 L

Safety Equipment

Life Raft Ocean Safety 9650 6 Person ISO approved with Hydrostatic release, mounted on the stern rail in Stainless Steel Cradle. New in January 2015. It is now due a service.
EPIRB McMurdo 406 MHz beacon, mounted by companionway, registered, batteries replaced January 2015.
Personal EPIRBs There are several of these on the boat. From memory we have 4 including one that is kept in the grab bag.
Sea Anchor Drogue type
Emergency Steering Standard Moody Emergency Tiller
Grab Bag Comprehensive grab pack
Jon Buoy A top of the range system for getting an injured man over board back onto the boat quickly and efficiently. It is now due a service

Covers and Cushions

Spray Hood New 2013
Bimini Top Full cockpit shade and detachable side shades
Cockpit Cushions

 

In addition we have a number of other items on Penny Lane. These are not included in her sale as we are considering shipping them home. However we could be open to negotiations to include them in the sale. They include:

  • 3 full sets of diving kit
  • Inflatable stand up paddle board
  • Tools.  We have a whole host of tools on-board.  My hubby is not keen on letting go of his tools!  Bad enough selling his boat but the tools as well…..!