What happens when one of Britain’s oldest and most conservative brands meets one of Germany’s most unorthodox boatbuilders? The Moody 45, that’s what. Longtime Moody designer Bill Dixon must have had a ball with this boat, built at the Hanse factory in Germany. It’s designed with most of the accommodation at deck level, just leaving heads and sleeping cabins down below. The saloon and galley can be screened off from the elements, but al fresco dining – and sailing – are this boat’s strong points. LOA 45ft, LWL 42 ft. 4 in., beam 14ft 11in, draft 6ft 3in, displacement 29,982 lbs., sail area 1054.8 ft., design Bill Dixon, builder Hanse Yachts. Moody USA: 410 626 1493.
Iconic Merlin in the Biennial Newport-Bermuda Race
If you’re over 40 and know anything about sailing, you probably know exactly who Bill Lee is. The image is clear: bushy brown hair escaping from a Gilligan-style bucket hat, oversized sunglasses and a wrinkled flower-print button-down shirt. We (I’m 43) can also picture the ...read more