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1996 Moody S38

Dartmouth, Devon, United Kingdom


Moody S38 1996 refit 2019/20

Rarely available and sought after Moody S38. The S series from Moody were way ahead of their time and sadly very few were built due to the cost and superior build quality.

Good looking with excellent seakeeping and sailing characteristics, combined with a palatial interior layout, mahogany interior, 3 double cabins 2 heads, large galley, chart table and saloon area, in a sub 40 foot boat!

Trilogy benefits from a recent mini refit 2019/20 with many age related items being renewed

Ready for a new owner to put their stamp on the interior and cruise on into the next decade

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Make: Moody
Model: S38
Year: 1996
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd
Designer: Bill Dixon
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 11.89 m
Length Overall: 11.89 m
Waterline Length: 9.91 m
Beam: 3.95 m
Max Draft: 1.91 m
Displacement: 8,650 kg
Ballast: 3,096 kg

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Rope Cutter: true
  • Model: 2040
  • Drive Type: SailDrive
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 40hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade
  • Year: 1996


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Sail
Boat Class: Cruisers, Sloop, Racers and Cruisers


Kim Vasey
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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Construction and General
  • GRP Hull, deck and superstructure
  • Deck re-gelled 2020
  • Seacocks replaced with composite 2019
  • Synthetic teak cockpit seats and sole
  • Whitlock Cobra wheel steering with leather covered wheel
  • Fin keel
  • Spade rudder
  • Masthead 2 spreader rig
  • Standing rigging replaced 2020
  • LPG Gas system with vented locker
  • Eberspacher heating
  • H/C Water with calorifier and immersion heaters
  • Water pump (Jabsco) replaced 2019
  • Holding tank with macerator pump (aft head)


  • Part 1 registered
  • UK VAT Paid
  • Lloyds register HCC (hull construction certificate)
Accommodation layout and details
  • Mahogany joinery
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Moulded headling
  • Salmon fabric upholstery in saloon
  • Lemon patterned fabric upholstery in cabins
  • LED lighting
  • Eye level lockers in all cabins and huge storage capacity
  • H/C water (all pipes and water pump replaced 2019)
  • Toilets replaced 2019
  • Eberspacher D3L Heating with 5 outlets
  • Holding tank with macerator pump (aft head)

The Moody S38 has extra spacious accommodation for up to 8 in 3 double cabins and the saloon, with 2 ensuite heads:

  • Fwd cabin with V berth and infill to make a double, mahogany slats panelling,  large storage bins under berth, eye level lockers either side, vanity unity with drawer, locker and mirror, large hanging locker, overhead and reading lights, large opening hatch, heating outlet, 240V outlet, doors to head and saloon
  • Ensuite head with door to fwd cabin, Jabsco sea toilet with twist lock, moulded basin with SS grab rail, worktop and storage with H/C water and thermostatic shower mixer, shower drain pump, opening hatch, lighting
  • Spacious central saloon with U shaped seating to starboard, storage beneath, reinforced (removable) bracket for TV at fwd end, Single settee berth to port with "trotter box", storage below, behind back storage, shelving and eye level lockers either side, large drop leaf table with bottle storage, draw and locker, opening hatch, portlights, overhead lighting and heating outlet
  • L shaped galley with return to starboard, Plastimo Neptune 2000 SS 2 burner cooker, oven and grill, SS safety bar, safety strap, stone look worktop with deep fiddles, twin SS sinks, H/C water, large cool box with fridge unit, bin access through worktop, huge storage capacity above and below worktop. opening port above cooker, 240V outlets and overhead lighting
  • Nav station to port with good size chart table, chart light, storage within, space for books, electronics and custom 12V panel, 3 bosuns drawers, navigators seat with vinyl cover and storage
  • Main (day) head, which is also ensuite to the port aft cabin, Jabsco sea toilet with twist lock and holding tank, moulded basin with SS grab rail and storage, H/C water and thermostatic shower, shower drain pump, opening ports, heating outlet and overhead lighting
  • Port aft cabin with door to main head, large double berth, standing room, hanging locker and small vanity unit, opening port, access to rear of engine, heating outlet, overhead and reading lights
  • Starboard aft cabin with large double berth, standing room, large wet locker, hanging locker and small vanity unit, access hatch to cockpit, access to rear of engine, heating outlet, overhead and reading lights
  • NOTE: there is a "kick out" panel between the aft cabins to enable access to the cockpit hatch from the port cabin in an emergency
  • Externally is a large, safe cockpit with steering pedestal and attached teak folding leaf cockpit table, 2 cockpit lockers, with vented gas locker to starboard, the wrap around helm seat opens out to the sugar scoop transom with an integrated SS bathing ladder
  • Nice wide side deck with moulded non slip and a large anchor / chain locker with electric windlass
Engine, Electrical and Tankage


  • Volvo Penta MD 2040 3 cylinder diesel engine
  • Saildrive to 3 blade fixed prop
  • Ambassador rope cutter
  • Regularly serviced
  • Comprehensive service in 2017 including removing top end rebuild. The Head was sent to the service centre in Germany for service and a re-grind
  • Sail drive seal replaced and full service 2020
  • Starts "on the button"


  • 12V DC domestic system
  • 4 x 110 Ah domestic batteries
  • 1 x 110 Ah engine start battery
  • Balmer 100A alternator and ARS-5 regulator (2020)
  • Isolator switches (at nav station)
  • Victron BMV 712 battery monitor with bluetooth connectivity (app)
  • Custom 12V panel at chart table with battery level LEDs
  • Water and fuel gauges
  • Breaker switches for 12 and 240V systems
  • 12 V outlets
  • 240V AC shorepower system
  • 240V Sterling pro digital battery charger - 50 A (2012)
  • 240V Water heater
  • 240V outlets


  • Fuel 160 L - Plastic (Tek Tanks) 2016
  • Water 350 L in 2 tanks - Aluminium and plastic (Tek Tanks)
  • Holding Tank with macerator pump for discharge
Spars, Sails and Canvas


  • Kemp aluminium 2 spreader mast
  • Kemp slab reefing boom with 3 reefs
  • Selden rod kicker
  • Furlex roller reefing system
  • Spinnaker pole on mast track storage
  • All lines led aft
  • Standing Rigging and most running rigging replaced 2019


  • Mainsail
  • Roller furling genoa with UV protection
  • Serviced 2020
  • Cruising chute in Snuffer
  • Storm Jib


  • Stack pack with lazyjacks and boot
  • Sprayhood with SS rail and grab rail
  • Bimini in light blue fabric with SS frame (requires re fitting)
  • Winch covers
Deck Gear and Equipment

Deck Gear

  • 2 Lewmar 48 ST Primary winches
  • 2 Lewmar 30 ST Halyard winches
  • 2 Lewmar 8 spinnaker winches
  • Winches serviced 2019
  • 12 Spinlock rope clutches (2019)
  • Lewmar genoa tracks and adjustable cars
  • Lewmar mainsheet track and car on coachroof

Deck Equipment

  • Substantial SS double bow roller
  • Delta anchor and 60M 8mm chain
  • Lofrens Kobra 1000W electric windlass with remote
  • Windlass motor replaced 2019
  • 2 Dorade vents on coachroof
  • Spring cleats
  • Sprung outboard motor storage bracket on transom
  • Integrated SS bathing ladder
Navigation Equipment

Chart table

  • Raymarine C80 colour chartplotter / radar
  • Cmap charts for West Europe, the Mediterranean and South to the Azores
  • Simrad RS10 DSC VHF radio with selectable deck / saloon speaker
  • Vesper Watchmate Vision AIS system (2020)

Over companionway

  • ST50 Tridata speed and depth
  • ST50 Wind speed and direction (masthead unit replaced 2019)
  • ST60 Multi display
  • 12V Outlet

Wheel area

  • Raymarine p70s autopilot control unit
  • ST50 Navdata display
  • Silva steering compass


  • Raymarine radome on custom reinforced pole on transom
  • Raymarine inboard autopilot system
  • Brass clock and barometer on fwd bulkhead
  • Pioneer CD / FM stereo with saloon speakers
  • Bicolour and Stern nav lights
  • Steaming / LED deck light
  • Tricolour / anchor light at masthead
  • Hawk windex / VHF aerial
Safety Equipment
  • EPIRB (serviced 04/2021)
  • Liferaft (serviced 04/2021)
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Electric bilge pump with auto / manual switch
  • Fire extinguisher
General Inventory
  • Fenders and warps
  • Boat hook
  • Deck brush
  • Ensign and staff
  • Spare gas bottle
  • Teak folding leaf cockpit table on pedestal
  • 2 Winch handles


  • Honwave 2.7M inflatable dinghy
  • Suzuki 6Hp 4 stroke outboard motor (2020)
Owners Comments

Trilogy has been my pride and joy for 11 years, during this time I cruised the Mediterranean for 5 years living happily on board for 4 of those years.

Trilogy is solidly built to traditional Moody standards and has been regularly maintained and upgraded, including a refit in 2019 / 2020

The Eberspacher heating works well heating the whole boat, in UK waters it is regularly used. The Vesper AIS new in 2020 has already proved a useful aid as discovered during the 2020 trip to the Channel Islands.

Trilogy is a strong working boat ready to take you anywhere, I hope the new owner uses her and enjoys many happy miles cruising.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

Contact Kim Vasey on 078 9988 7070 for more details and viewing arrangements

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