Now here’s a boat that’s sure to elicit a polarity of responses. The new Moody 45DSe is exactly that–new. Some may say it has cool aggressive styling, others may say it’s kind of…chunky. It’s got a huge, well protected cockpit, and a seamless (no step) transition between the cockpit and the main interior living space. The companionway has sliding glass doors that are much more catamaran than descending down steep steps that most offshore monohulls require, and the interior is…modern.
Personally, I love the idea of turning conventional design aesthetics on its ear. Not all new ideas work, but it’s always good to have choices. In my opinion, all too many boats have white hulls, white sails, teak and holly soles, and accommodations plans that are virtually unchanged from boats that debuted 30 years ago. Now, paradoxically, I’m all for “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” and many boats simply work best with conventional designs, but surely there is more than one way to skin a cat. The Moody 45DS illustrates this beautifully.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that the Moody’s main saloon looks more like what you’d find on a big sport fishing boat than a 45 foot offshore cruising boat, but the question is….is that so bad? The saloon has awesome headroom, a true 360 degree view out (as opposed to some “deck saloons” that simply put the windows up high and you only see “up” rather than “out”), and the previously mentioned seamless integration with the cockpit. All good things.
No, this is not the “Batmobile”. It’s the Moody 45DSe. And should be making it’s American debut sometime this year.