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My Boat (Moody 45DSe - Cool Change)
Our Moody 45DSe is an absolute beauty. Definitely not for the traditionalist and she requires you to think just that little bit outside the square. Cool Change provides plenty of space, is fast, steady, feels absolutely safe in rough conditions and is easily handled by the two of us with all lines coming back to the cockpit. We consistently seem to be faster than boats of more length, less tonnage and big overlapping foresails and she seem to have fewer troubles when faced with adverse weather conditions. This has to be taken in the pre-text of that we have not experienced any worse than 30 to 36 knotsconditions yet.
What we really appreciate about Cool Change is the idea of being part of the gang whether you are inside or outside. The patio type sliding doors open and extend the inside to the outside and vice versa. Whe other folks have to duck down below due to ill weather, we just close the doors and look out from the same level. The self tacking jib does add that little extra with the ease of handling. For fast passage making and use in lighter winds the gennaker comes in handy and adds that little bit of extra pizzazz.
Storage and laundry
While one can never have enough storage on a boat, Cool Change offers storage aplenty! Two cavernous lockers in the cockpit provide ample storage for the dinghy’s outboard motor, lines and sails, while one locker has been converted into a handy “step into” laundry with a full sized Miele washer/dryer expertly installed by the boys of Bayview shipwrights.The 2.7m RIB sits comfortably under the dual helm station in its own garage with a fold out platform for easy access and at anchor activities.
Living the dream
We are now quite a few years on the boat and gaining valuable experience by the week and month. Cool Change enjoys a bit of wind but moves graciously and surprisingly fast in light winds. The addition of the gennaker definitely suits her well in light winds and enables her to leave others in her wake.
Our decision to choose the Moody 45DSe Cool Change over others had another benefit unbeknown to us at the time of purchase. The Windcraft Team in Australia not only provides you with a boat at purchase, they also literally hold your hands after you signed on the dotted line. Their after sale service team is a pleasure to deal with and while there is always something needing to be taken care of on a boat, Cool Change benefits greatly from the attention to detail by the Windcraft team.
We sure feel privileged to call Cool Change our own and she has provided us so far with a very cool change!
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