Cockpit and lounge, without distinction: presented at the Boot, the Moody DS41 is the latest addition to the British brand. Design by Bill Dixon with space research at its core.
by Luca Sordelli
Everything smaller, everything more compressed, but the philosophy is the one we’ve seen in the past few seasons on the DS45 and DS54, the two “big sisters” of Moody‘s latest addition. The goal is “living on one level”: the outside and the inside of the boat are connected to each other without any steps.
A solution that prevails on motorboats, making it easier to move around on board, but much more difficult to reach on sailing hulls. Moody (a brand that is part of the German Hanse group) has succeeded thanks to the touch of one of the masters of yacht design, Bill Dixon.
The cockpit and lounge are therefore on one level, separated by a two-leaf hatch that slides sideways, freeing a very wide central passage. The connection between the two areas is also amplified by the presence of a hardtop that extends aft, the central part of which can be opened thanks to a fabric bimini.
The result is, therefore, a right confusion between the inside and the outside. Between the open and the uncovered.
A choice that requires compromises. The passage from the cockpit to the side overpasses is quite uncomfortable (the space between the two “antennas” of the hardtop and the backrests is quite narrow) and also the visibility at the helm is not the best because the bulky presence of the central superstructure takes away part of the view, right at eye level.
However, the third steering position, the interior, at the foot of the windscreen, improves the situation. Here, on the opposite side, the view is good, since it is very close to the bow, having a deck-house almost completely glazed, which gives a good view of the horizon.
Below deck there are the two cabins: the bow owner’s cabin is larger, while the stern one is smaller. The standard solution has a single head, but you can choose to sacrifice a technical locker to have a second one.
Length f.t. 12.52 m
Waterline length. 11.42 m
Maximum beam 4.20 m
Draught 2.14 m
Displacement 11.20 t
Ballast 3.13 t
Diesel engine 41.9 kW-57 hp
Water reserve 400 l
Fuel reserve 210 l
Certificate CE A – 10A
Mainsail sup. 45.00 m²
Sup. jib 38.00 m²
Total sail area 83.00 m²
Dixon Yacht Design
Interior Hanse Design Team
Basic price (excl. VAT) 399.000 €
(Moody DS41, living on one level – Barchemagazine.com – January 2020)