Moody 33 Mk1 'Détente'

£12,950 - for a quick sale

Current location: Faro, Portugal 

It is with regret that due to family commitments we are selling 'Détente', our Moody 33 Mk1.

Built in 1975, Détente took part in the Cape-to-Rio race the following year, and is a great example of these ever-popular cruisers. She would make a great purchase for someone who is looking for a very capable sailing yacht that is ready to go to sea.

She is currently ashore in Faro, Portugal, which is a great base from which to explore the Med, or set off south and west for blue water voyages. The yard is well organised, clean and efficient and current storage rates are €56 per week inc VAT (2018 - more details below).

Contact us via if you have any questions or to arrange viewing.



Hull, keel, and dimensions

White GRP hull with centre-cockpit light-blue GRP deck. Long-fin keel.Masthead sloop with roller-reefing boom. Wheel steering.

The hull was given a full anti-osmosis treatment in 2006 by Dickies of Bangor (Gel-coat strip, with full drying before a new epoxy gel coat being applied)

  LOA 10.06m  (33’0”)
  LWL 8.69m   (28’9”)
  Beam 3.51m   (11’5”)
  Draft 1.35m   (4’5”)
  Displacement 4773kg  (4.69 tons)
  Ballast 1729kg  (3815lbs)36.2%
  Sail area (inc Genoa) 53.9 m² (580 sq ft)
  Engine Perkins 4.108 37 shp @ 3,000 rpm continuous  (46 shp at 3,600 rpm max 1 hr)

Hull description (from Moody Owners Association website

Moody 33 Mk I
Introduced: September 1973
Building ceased: September 1978
Designer: Angus Primrose
Boats Built: 242

'The concept and design of Moody 33 centre cockpit fin keel model was completed by Angus Primrose in 1972 and tooling was completed in November of that year. This was the first production yacht developed jointly between A.H. Moody & Son Ltd, Southampton and Marine Projects (Plymouth) Limited. It was an immediate success and models have appeared ever since.'

Power and Sail magazine, October 1974:

'Planned as a comfortable family cruising yacht of light displacement and with a high performance under sail or power, the Moody 33 shows many of the characteristics to be found in the more trendy production yachts of today. Clean, smooth, sleek and with high freeboard, a carefully calculated layout below decks, a roomy central cockpit with two-berth cabin aft, a simple masthead sloop rig, and the fin keel and skeg rudder profile expected of fast yachts, the Moody 33 has all these and a good deal more besides'.


6 berths (7 possible) in 3 cabins.

Main cabin with companionway to cockpit.

Single berth with fold-down chart table over, and galley with sink, drainer and 2-burner stove and oven to port.

U-shaped settee-berth around table and chart stowage to starboard  (could be converted to optional double-berth)

Heads with basin to port with Lavac WC to starboard with hanging-locker behind.

Double or 2 single Vee-berths in fore cabin.

Separate companionway from cockpit to spacious aft cabin with 2 single berths to port and starboard.  Large cockpit locker to starboard and gas-locker to port.

Cockpit seating is spacious and sheltered, arranged in U-shape around wheel on binnacle with easily read compass.

Anchor well is deep providing security for foredeck operations.

Moody 33 Mk1 plan


2 mainsails (roller reefing on boom)
2 genoas (roller reefing)
1 cruising chute with snuffer

Engine and electrical

Perkins 4.10837 shp @ 3,000 rpm continuous rating (46 shp at full power) Full overhaul 2017
Hydraulic 1:1 gearbox driving 2-blade propeller (spare 3-blade propeller included)
Cutlass bearing renewed 2016
2 x 110 Ahr Leisure batteries (suitable for both deep-cycle and starting)
Sterling electronic charge control for fast efficient charging
Automatic spill-over charging relay (Duratec)
300w wind charger with charge-control and dump resistor
10w solar panel and separate charge-control
Approx 100 litre fuel tank with spare cans for a further 60 litres.

Navigation and VHF equipment

Raytheon R10x Radar
Magellan portable GPS with NMEA connections to DSC VHF
Fixed VHF: Lowrance Link-8 DSC VHF with built-in AIS receiver (new 2015)
Autohelm 3000
Log (Clipper)
Echo sounder (Clipper)
Wind speed and direction (Clipper)


4-man liferaft in cannister
NEW (2017) ACR GlobalFix V4 406 GPS EPIRB  (Cat II)
Danbuoy, telescopic with automatic light
Horse-shoe lifebuoy
Ring lifebuoy
Gas detector
CO detector
Remote gas valve
Manual bilge pump with diverter valve to draw from cabin or engine
2 x Electric bilge pumps
3 x Fire extinguishers
Fire blanket
Rigging cutters

Other Equipment

Eberspacher diesel central heating
Gas water heater (not currently connected)
Pressurised domestoc water with filter
Free-standing 12v coolbox, which also serves as extra seat at the table.
2.1m inflatable dinghy
2.5 hp Suzuki outboard
7ft ply tender with rowlocks and oars (better for rowing than inflatable, and fits snugly on foredeck)
16kg Delta anchor with approx. 65m 8mm chain
CQR kedge anchor (approx. 8 kg ?? – forgot to check!)
Mooring and other ropes
8 x Fenders
Flexible water tanks holding approx. 300 litres
Sprayhood and new dodgers (2016)
... and lots of other spares and minor equipment

There is also a cradle available in the UK by separate negotiation



Détente is recently antifouled, ready to launch and sail off where you wish.  She is a capable boat in reasonable condition for her age.  We have arrived at a realistic price taking the following full disclosure into account:

We have mentioned these considerations so as not to waste your time if you think you can get a perfect boat for this price.  This is an opportunity to buy a capable boat that is ready to sail at a low price, and make improvements as your budget allows later.

Contact us via if you have any questions or to arrange viewing.

About 'Bruce's yard', Faro

Détente is lying at Bruce's yard in Faro, on the south coast of the Algarve, Portugal.  It is a great place to store the boat.  The yard is close to the city centre, with rail and bus station within a short walk, and the airport is only 3.5 miles away by road (we walk it sometimes!).  The yard is neat and tidy and several people live on their boats while doing work etc.  The rate in 2016 is €0.65/m/day which works out at €56 per week inc Portugal's VAT.  Hauling in/out is €95 +VAT each way and so for us this is preferable to the nearby marinas which would be more expensive.

The surrounding area is good cruising.  The yard and Faro are in the 'Ria Formoso' which is a cruising ground in itself being a large lagoon bounded by sand islands and contains salt marshes with channels to Faro, Olhao and other places.  To the west are the main attractions of the Algarve with beaches, cliffs and caves.  To the east is the lovely Rio Guadiana, forming the border with Spain and navigable 20 miles to Alcoutim (a haven popular with blue-water cruisers) and well beyond, and then further east to Cadiz, Gibraltar and the Med.

The climate is excellent, and even in winter shorts and t-shirts are an option.  The yard is a great base for year-round sailing, with many anchorages and marinas nearby, as it takes your fancy.