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I upgraded my boat purchase plans to a 38-39' vessel, that can safely accommodate 6 for short coastal daysailing trips and 4 for long passages. I found a few '70s Moody 39's on the market offered. I really like the design and layout: encapsulated keel, wide beam, etc.

As for my sailing plans: Nordic circle (Scotland-Iceland-Greenland-Newfoundland and back to Europe), later tropics.

Anyone sailed the Moody 39 extensively? How does she handle weather extremes? (Very little wind vs. storm) I see it is a bit underpowered by default, maybe a 150% genoa would be a useful investment for it.

Any construction pitfalls? I've read about a rudder issue but couldn't find all details. I briefly considered steel hulls as well (given the nordic plans) but my time for a regular rust patrol is limited, I need a boat that doesn't require nursing while 6 months on the dry/2 months in the marina...

BTW anyone calculated a STIX for older Moody boats?

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For your "Arctic Circle" it would probably be O/K but that motorsailer sized rig would be tiresome in normal wind climes.

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10 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

For your "Arctic Circle" it would probably be O/K but that motorsailer sized rig would be tiresome in normal wind climes.

That's my concern too. Code0 + an added retractable bowsprit?

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Just now, GTom said:
20 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

For your "Arctic Circle" it would probably be O/K but that motorsailer sized rig would be tiresome in normal wind climes.

That's my concern too. Code0 + an added retractable bowsprit?

A 20' topmast with a gollywobbler?

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