2009 Best Boats Cruising Multihull: Moxie 37 - Sail Magazine

2009 Best Boats Cruising Multihull: Moxie 37

The concept of a lightweight, open-bridgedeck, high-performance cruising catamaran isn’t a new one, but we found that the new Moxie 37 Island Hopper, designed and built in South Africa by Uwe Jaspersen, takes the game up a notch. The boat has a unique appearance, with distinctive triangular windows in a full-width deck bulkhead that supports a hard-top bridgedeck enclosure. To maximize sailing
Author:
Publish date:
moxie_37_sailboat

The concept of a lightweight, open-bridgedeck, high-performance cruising catamaran isn’t a new one, but we found that the new Moxie 37 Island Hopper, designed and built in South Africa by Uwe Jaspersen, takes the game up a notch. The boat has a unique appearance, with distinctive triangular windows in a full-width deck bulkhead that supports a hard-top bridgedeck enclosure. To maximize sailing performance there’s a rotating carbon-fiber wing mast supported by high-modulus fiber shrouds, plus nicely curved asymmetric daggerboards that both improve hydrodynamic lift when sailing to windward and maximize interior space by conforming neatly to the sides of the hulls. In addition, there’s a pair of high-aspect retractable rudders, a forward helm station just behind the mast with easy access to literally all sailhandling controls, plus a neatly curved traveler to help manage the full-batten square-headed mainsail.

There’s little doubt that the Moxie, with its almost 1,650 square feet of sail area (with a screecher up) and displacement just over 7,000 pounds, can scream under sail. What’s more, it offers surprisingly comfortable accommodations for a boat of this type. The two long settees on the bridgedeck lounging area can fold flat to form open-air double berths, There’s also a table, which houses a well-insulated cold box but could easily accommodate a refrigeration system instead. Down below there’s plenty of headroom and plenty of sleeping space, thanks to a pair of large Pullman doubles in the middle of each hull, plus a clever James Wharram–style “flexi-space” nav desk that can quickly convert to an extra double berth. The elegantly minimalist galley is situated all the way aft to starboard. Construction quality is top notch, consisting mostly of E-glass in epoxy over Corecell foam with carbon fiber interposed in major structural components. The Moxie does a superb job of combining high-performance fun and leisure-mode cruising in a single well-conceived package. For more information, visit moxieyachts.com

SPECS

LOA: 39ft, 6in

LWL: 36ft

Beam: 22ft

Displacement: 7,165lbs.

Sail area (main and solent jib): 730 sq. ft.

Designer: Uwe Jaspersen

Related

Sunset-Tyrrel-Bay

Charter: Glorious Grenada

In the wake of the hurricanes that devastated the Virgin Islands last year many charterers ended up going farther south to Grenada and the Grenadines where they found the sailing excellent and the vibe just fine“God must have been a sailor when he created the Caribbean,” a friend ...read more

WaterLinesNov

Waterlines: Tangled Up in Pots

I learned to sail on the Maine coast as a boy, and one of the things my elders taught me was to respect fishing gear. If you got caught up with a lobster pot, you did everything you could to get clear without cutting the pot warp. It represented a family’s livelihood and thus was ...read more

7353

Harken’s Reflex 3 top-down Furler

Furl PowerAre you afraid of flying—spinnakers, that is? Harken’s new Reflex 3 top-down furler will tame A-sails on monohulls from 44-58ft and multis from 39-55ft, and Code 0’s on 39-54ft monos and 36-50ft multis. All you do is heave on the furling line and the sail will roll up ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comDitch the stress Owners of high-freeboard yachts best boarded via the stern sugar-scoop like to back them into a slip, but the process can be fraught on a windy day or when there’s a current running, ...read more

Sun-Odyssey-490-Bertrand_DUQUENNE-aft

Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490

True innovation in monohull sailboat design can be a bit elusive these days. That’s not to say that there are no more new ideas, but it does seem that many new tweaks and introductions are a bit incremental: let’s say evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Just when it seems ...read more