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44' MOODY CARBINEER SOLD  -  Built 1972, £89,750 Lying Northshore Shipyard

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Model: Moody Carboineer 44
Model Year: 1972
Tax Status: Paid
Location: Northshore
Boat Ref:


Tax: Paid

Price: £89,750


Make: Perkins
Model: 6/3544
Fuel: diesel
Drive type: Shaft drive
Propeller: 3 Blade,


Fuel: 100 gallons
Water: 200 gallons


LOA: 44'
LWL: 36'
Beam: 12'1"
Disp'ment: 35,838 lb
Ballast: 12,645 lb
Draft  6'

Air draft: 59'

A classic Moody Carbineer 44 pilothouse ketch, rarely available and highly sought after. A versatile cruising yacht, great for living aboard with plenty of space. Designed by Laurent Giles. Built any A H Moody & Sons Ltd. 

Built in 1972 "WATERBIRD" is, above all, solid. The GRP is often more than 1" thick which means she exudes confidence in any weather. Her semi-long keel means no bashing of juddering as she slices, rather than crashes, through waves. "WATERBIRD" is a true blue water cruiser.

"WATERBIRD" is very straightforward to sail and easily managed by two. She has Solent rigged genoa and jib, in boom furled main and in boom furled mizzen. All lines run back to the cockpit, making sail adjustments safe and easy.

The pilot house and inside steering position makes long passages extremely comfortable, and dry. It also gives all- round visibility without having to leave the comfort of indoors.

The in-board joinery is superb and has been well maintained with solid mahogany throughout, which is not only aesthetically pleasing and durable but also gives her a stately feel. Her berths are particularly comfortable.

"WATERBIRD" has had just 4 owners from new. The original owners sailed her from the UK to the Mediterranean where she was kept for nearly 30 years in the South of France. The second owner (2001) sailed her back to the UK and kept her in Essex for a time before sailing her down to Spain (Approx. 2008) where she was kept for the remainder of that ownership. The third owners purchased her for a sabbatical from work. Having updated her they sailed her around Spain for a time and then across the Atlantic to Antigua and then slowly down through the islands to Grenada.

The current owner brought her back to the UK in 2020, where she has  undergone extensive upgrades and refit. The hull has been completely resprayed with Awlgrip paint system, finished with Gold leaf cavita line and name & port of registration. Refit includes new masts, standing and running rigging.

The coach roof and all external varnished wood has been stripped and re-varnished, and Teak decking repaired.


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Built under the supervision of Lloyds Register of Shipping classified 100 A1, "WATERBIRD" has a long keel construction, a skeg mounted rudder with wheel steering and a secondary steering position in the deck saloon. GRP hull and deck with teak laid on side decks


"WATERBIRD" has solar panels (installed 2019) which ran all the navigation, autopilot, refrigeration and lights 24 hours a day on the Atlantic crossing. The engine was only required twice for charge in cloudy conditions.

"WATERBIRD" enjoys considerable storage space, with below bench storage and further capacious storage to port and starboard behind the seat backs. The cabins are also well equipped with both wardrobe and drawer storage. At her stern is a very sizeable lazarette, accessible form both port and starboard, which houses lines, fenders, spare anchors, spare rigging cable, outboard, buckets and other sundry items.

"WATERBIRD" carries an up to date Raymarine 'A' series chart plotter (fitted 2017) and increasingly vital AIS. She has a Raymarine Autopilot system, radar and wind direction/speed. She has a new Echopilot depth sounder and further Garmin positioning and log system.

"WATERBIRD" carries full safety equipment including six lifejackets and lifelines, hardess, 4 man Ocean Safety liferaft (2018), EPIRB (2018), and a full set of flares (2018). All fire extinguishers were repalces or refilled and services in 2018.

"WATERBIRD" comes with a dinghy and 4 stroke outboard engine (2018)


Perkins 6/3544 120HP 6 cylinder diesel engine with Borg Warner gearbox. Fresh and seawater cooled. Morse controls. Direct shaft drive. The engine is housed in a spacious (for a 44' boat) engine compartment, below the pilot house, with access from all sides making her easy to maintain. The exhaust system was completely updated in 2020 to add the comfort of a goose neck and water trap.


The system is 24V charged by dual alternators and shore connected battery charger. There are separate starter/engine and domestic battery banks (all new 2022) which are isolated with dedicated high amperage battery switches. There is a battery monitor fitted.


  • Shore Power Inlet  

  • Inverter


  • Depthsounder: Echopilot (New + repeater) 

  • Radar: Raymarine (Upgraded)

  • Wind Speed and Direction:

  • RaymarinePlotter: Raymarine A series 2017

  • Autopilot: Raymarine ST7001 - Compass: Sestel x 2

  • GPS: Garmin

  • VHF: Simrad RD68 + Cobra


  • Bow Thruster: Vetus 

  • Electric Bilge Pump

  • Oven: New

  • Manual Bilge Pump 

  • Marine Head: x 2

  • Hot Water

  • Refrigerator

  • Sea Water Pump

  • Battery Charger

  • Holding tank - 60 gallons



  • Teak Cockpit

  • Cockpit Shower

  • Teak Sidedecks

  • Gangway

  • Tender

  • Solar Panel

  • Liferaft: Ocean Safety 4 man 2018

  • Cockpit Table

  • Swimming Ladder



  • 30Kg Bruce anchor

  • 45 fathoms (85 Metres) 3/8" chain

  • Lofrans Falcon 1500 watt electric windlass

  • Kedge anchor (CQR and Fishermans)

  • Anchor line


Sleeps 6 in single berths arranged in three cabins, plus additional berths available in deck saloon Foc's'le has twin berths
Forecabin has two bunks, port and starboard, with hanging locker, drawers etc.

The owners quarters are in the main aft cabin, with berths port and starboard. There is very generous stowage including a dressing table which converts to s second full size chart table. The owners head compartment is off this cabin and houses a wet locker, shower, basin and heads.

The forward heads compartment has an additional shower, WC with holding tank and hand basin. The galley area is of a good size with adequate stowage and houses a gas cooker, fridge and sink.

The deck saloon has "L" shaped seating on the port side, and adjustable table, main chart table and interior secondary steering position, with compass. The interior is constructed of teak and mahogany and include comprehensive stowage.

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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.


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