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Moody 40 center cockpit
$205,000 USD
40ft in

This production-built world cruising boat has many upgrades, a cozy center cockpit and is in exceptional condition! Somerled has a spacious interior that is impressive for a boat of only 40 feet and designed with seaworthiness, comfort and quality in mind. Her two owners have made frequent upgrades and maintenance is up to date with service records to prove it.

Bill Dixon is known for his work designing world cruisers, and the Moody 40 is no exception. Dixon drafted this boat with long voyages in mind. She has a balanced sail plan and will deliver her crew to port well rested. The full canvas cockpit enclosure, with sunshades creates additional living space while relaxing at anchor or in heavy weather.

Below decks she has an impressive amount of storage, excellent accommodations and amenities. She features a walk around owner’s berth aft with en-suite head and separate shower stall. Forward is a V-berth with an impressive 6’8” of length and en-suite head. The soft Ultrasuede cushions in the main salon provide a cozy place to curl up with a good book and double as a good sea berth on passage.



  • Victron 3000 watt inverter (2021)
  • PYI dripless shaft seal (2021)
  • New bottom paint (2021)
  • Awlwood varnished teak (2019)
  • Vesper AIS transponder
  • Spectra watermaker
  • Frigaboat fridge/freezer
  • LED interior lights
  • Anchor windlass
  • Full canvas cockpit enclosure
  • 3 blade Max prop
Name of vessel Somerled
Model Moody 40 center cockpit
Year 1998
Builder Marine Projects
Designer Bill Dixon
Price $205,000 USD
Location Poulsbo, WA
Length (feet) 40
Beam (feet) 13' 3"
Draft (feet) 6' 1"
Displacement (pounds) 20900
Ballast (pounds) 6927
Engine model Yanmar 4JH2E
Engine horsepower 50
Engine hours 2367
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 72
Water tank capacity (gallons) 96
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 27


The interior build quality and standard that Somerled has been held to will surely impress. The varnished teak bulkheads and teak and holly sole have been meticulously maintained. She has two full cabins to accommodate two couples with an additional single berth in the main salon. Main salon headroom is 6’ 3” and decreases slightly, forward and aft.

Starting forward, the V-berth cabin features a 6’ 8” long berth comfortable for two people. The Lewmar deck hatch lets in a generous amount of light and has custom screens to fit, to enjoy bug free sleeping. Two LED reading lights are at the head of the bed and small shelf cutouts are in the mattress to stash easy to reach items. Storage is plentiful, with three compartments below the berth and eight cabinets above and outboard on the hull. Two large lockers are outboard to starboard, one with shelves and one with hanging storage. Aft and to port in the forward cabin, is the en-suite head. This Head has a manual flush toilet, single lever action sink faucet, and separate hand-held shower nozzle. A flip up seat covers the toilet while showering. The dark blue Corian countertops are durable and easy to clean. A single cabinet above the counter outboard has good storage for toiletries.

Midships in the boat is the main salon. To port is a U-shaped, 5’ 5” long settee with a folding dinette table that services both port and starboard settees. The table has clever spring loaded plunger clasps to ensure it is secure while in use or stowed. The starboard side has a longitudinal settee where the forward most back cushion can be removed to add a 1½’ of extra length, making it 6’ 8” total. Above both settees is more storage. This boat has plenty of it, enough to make you wonder what one could possibly have on board to fill it all. There are two large cabinets on each side with an open shelf above and stainless rails to keep items contained while sailing. The deep, plush Ultrasued cushions make this area lovely for relaxing after a day of sailing. The water tanks are located below the settees and the holding tank is under the sole below the table. The salon is wonderfully bright with eight portlights, all with window dressings. The two overhead opening deck hatches provide even more light and great airflow.

Moving aft on the port side is the forward facing nav station. The AC/DC breaker panel is outboard as is the VHF, stereo, Victron monitor, AIS and chartplotter. This equipment allows all parts of passage planning to occur safely below, prior to getting under way. Again, there are numerous storage options for plotting tools, books or charts. Forming the backrest of the navigation seat is a large hanging locker for safety gear.

Situated on the centerline of the boat, is the 6-step companionway. It separates the nav station from the galley with the fuel tank below and makes a nice countertop .

The inline galley is to starboard with a double basin sink close to centerline. Just aft of the sink is three feet of countertop with a microwave oven above. Outboard is the countertop accessible fridge and freezer , the Force-10 stove/oven is just aft. Above the countertop are two levels of storage cabinets for pantry items and dishware.

Aft of the galley, is the en-suite head for the aft stateroom. There is a separate shower stall with a clear folding door,a molded in seat and a hand held shower nozzle. Just aft is the electric toilet and the sink. There are cabinets above the navy blue Corian countertops and an opening portlight above with privacy shades.

Through the head is the aft stateroom. This space boasts a walk around queen-sized berth and an abundance of natural light. There are two large hanging lockers, one to starboard, and another to port. The port locker is divided with shelves and hanging space. The upper portion of the port locker has a cushion to extend the pilot berth in the pass through. There are three more cabinets with the one under the countertop on the port side velvet lined for delicate items. Mounted on the forward bulkhead is a small countertop with velvet-lined storage below for jewelry.

In the pass-through on the port side just forward of the aft stateroom is a bunk for one, with a lee cloth. This bunk is normally quite short, perfect for a child, but has a removable patch in the aft bulkhead to extend it to 6’ 5”. Below the bunk is a copious amount of storage for engine and maintenance supplies. Access to the engine compartment is opposite the bunk with two hinged doors. On the shelf above the engine is the mounted Spectra watermaker. An opening portlight above the bunk allows for good airflow.


Electronics & Navigation

  • Chartplotter at nav station (Garmin 5208)
  • Chartplotter at helm (Garmin 4208)
  • AIS transponder (Vesper Marine 850)
  • AIS display at nav station (AISWatchmate)
  • Radar (Garmin GMR18HD)
  • GPS (Garmin 17x NMEA 0183)
  • Garmin US & Canadian charts
  • Raymarine E85001 NMEA SeaTalk converter
  • Autopilot (Raymarine Autohelm ST6001)
  • Raymarine wind, speed and depth displays
  • Raymarine multi display at nav station
  • VHF at nav station (Icom IC-M424G)
  • Icom VHF Commandmic at helm
  • Plastimo magnetic compass
  • Radar reflector
  • Sony marine stereo
  • (2) Sony speakers in salon (X5-MP61)
  • Chrome clock and barometer


Electrical Systems

  • AC/DC systems with voltmeter
  • 30 amp/125V shore power service
  • 30 amp 50’ shore power cord
  • Galvanic isolator
  • (4) AGM 6 V batteries 600 AMP hours (house bank)
  • (1) AGM 12 V engine start battery
  • Victron 3000 Watt inverter/charger (2021)
  • Victron Multi control
  • Victron battery monitor
  • Ample Power Energy Monitor II
  • LED interior lights
  • Wema fuel and water tank gauges at nav station


Mechanical and Plumbing systems

  • Yanmar 4JH2E 50 HP diesel engine with 2376 hours
  • Single lever throttle/shifter control at helm
  • 3-blade Max prop
  • PYI PSS dripless shaft seal (2021)
  • 30 mm S.S. shaft
  • Jabsco inline engine blower (30460-0012)
  • Racor fuel filter (2 Micron)
  • (1) Aluminum 72 gallon fuel tank
  • Fireboy fixed fire fighting system in engine compartment (FE 241)
  • Spectra watermaker (Ventura 150, 6.25 GPH)
  • Watermaker replacement filters
  • (2) water tanks, 96 gal total
  • Freshwater pump (Shurflow AquaKing standard)
  • 1 liter accumulator tank
  • Galley sink drain pump (Whale gulper)
  • 6 gal hot water heater 120 V or engine
  • Anchor washdown pump (Jabsco Par Max-3 3.5 GPM)
  • Macerator pump (Jabsco 18590-2092)
  • 27 gal custom plastic waste tank
  • Wema waste tank gauge in fwd. head
  • Jabsco electric toilet
  • Jabsco manual toilet
  • Bilge pump (Rule 2000 GPH)
  • Rule float switch
  • Manual diaphragm bilge pump
  • Shower drain pump (Jabsco 37202-2012)
  • Frigoboat keel cooled refrigeration
  • Frigoboat Smart Speed Control
  • Force-10 2 burner propane stove with oven
  • (3) 1 gallon propane tanks
  • Trident marine solenoid control
  • Microwave oven
  • Magma grill


Deck & Hull

Somerled was hand laid in Plymouth, England by Marine Projects. The Moody 40 is a stoutly built vessel, consisting of solid hulls below the waterline and are balsa cored above the waterline. Isophthalic gel coat is used for its exceptional resistance to water intrusion. On deck, where original deck hardware is mounted, marine plywood is used and end grain Balsa is used everywhere else. The decks have integrally moulded non-skid that have held up exceptionally well.

Below the water line is a long fin keel, and spade rudder. The cast iron keel is attached with mild steel studs threaded directly into the cast iron. While mild steel will likely look poor, it actually performs better overtime because they will not stress harden like stainless keel bolts. An added bonus to this construction is, if desired, the studs and nuts can be changed one at a time while in the water. Somerled had her keel bolts inspected recently at her last haul out. They were found to be in good condition, with no need for replacement.


  • Double stainless bow roller
  • Anchor windlass (Simpson Lawrence Horizon 12V DC)
  • 35lb CQR anchor
  • Spare Fortress fx-16 anchor in port lazarette
  • Ground tackle: 200’ 5/16” chain, 300’ rode
  • Stern mounted stern tie reel (600’ poly line)
  • Salt water washdown pump
  • (6) Stainless mooring cleats
  • Stainless bow pulpit and pushpit
  • Stainless covered lifelines with gates
  • New stainless lifelines in box
  • Teak caprail- refinished 2019
  • Teak handrails- refinished 2020
  • (5) Lewmar deck hatches
  • (8) Hatch Masters opening portlights
  • Custom stainless bar for mounting jerry cans on rail
  • (2) mounted 3 rung boarding ladders
  • Semi rigid dodger with canvas panels
  • Stainless bimini frame
  • Full cockpit canvas enclosure with sun shade and insect screen panels (2017)
  • Flexteak in cockpit and transom steps
  • Whitlock steering pedestal
  • Lewmar folding wheel
  • Folding teak cockpit table
  • Canvas binnacle cover
  • Removable platform at helm for enhanced visibility
  • Ocean marine systems stainless dinghy davit
  • 5-step swim ladder on transom
  • Outboard mount on transom
  • Recessed two bottle propane locker
  • (3) 1 gal propane bottles
  • Magma grill
  • Ensen and stainless staff
  • Stern washdown shower
  • Masthead wind direction Windex


Sails and Rigging

  • Double spreader Selden mast with in mast furling system
  • Furlex 300s jib furler
  • Inner forestay for storm sail and staysail
  • Forespar whisker pole
  • Lewmar jib tracks
  • Rodkicker boom vang
  • Internal halyards
  • Flag halyards
  • Lewmar 24 winch on mast
  • (2) Ocean Electric Lewmar 48 ST winch
  • Lewmar 8 winch
  • (2) Lewmar 30 ST winch
  • Line clutches
  • Hood Sails furling main sail
  • Neil Pryde 140% Genoa (2019)
  • Hood Sails 145% Genoa, reconditioned by Ballard Sails in 2018
  • UK Sails staysail, never used
  • UK Sails storm jib, never used
  • Asymmetric spinnaker


Miscellaneous and Safety

  • Lifesling mounted on transom in rigid box
  • Jack lines
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • Boat hook
  • Winch handles
  • Various engine and pump spares
  • Rebuild kits
  • Radar reflector
  • (4) 6 gallon water jugs
  • (4) Type II life vests in bag

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