Windcraft Managing Director Peter Hrones and Moody Sales Director Bob Vinks have almost 50 collective years of Sydney Boatshow experience under their belts. In that time they have never seen such an amazingly positive reaction to a new product. All pre-ordered Moodys were sold by the end of the show - including one order that was made as late as 8pm on Tuesday after the show finished.
"I believe this boat is so far ahead of its time and was a little worried that the conservative Aussie would not come on board, but the response has been overwhelming," says Peter.
"We had thousands of people and 99 per cent of the exhibitors come on two or three times and 99 per cent said they could not fault it. I felt that we had launched a new invention not just a fantastic new concept in deck saloon boating. Everyone loved the upstairs galley and the huge cockpit that opened off the inside dining, which has 360 degree water views. Then they went below and couldn’t believe the boat had three separate cabins with an impressive owners' cabin - normally only seen on a 60 footer."
The release of the Moody at the boat show on Sydney's Darling Harbour follows Windcraft's tradition of offering alternative designs. In 2002 at the Sydney Boat Show, the company launched the hand-built Swedish Hallberg-Rassy, followed by the Hanse 531 in 2004, which won the Trade-A-boat Magazine's Boat of the Show award that year.
In 2007 Windcraft released the new range of Fjord Cruisers, which are currently on the front cover of every boating magazine and ‘Won European powerboat of the Year’. More Fjords have since been sold in Australia than anywhere else in the world - an amazing achievement says Peter.
"This Year we managed to host the world launch of the MOODY 45 DS which is a big coup for Windcraft and Australia" he says.
"I expect this to follow the same successful path of the Fjords, largely due to its huge appeal to boat lovers of all types. This is a true deck saloon with living on one level and we already have catamaran enthusiasts, powerboaties and traditional yachties lining up to book a test sail."
Anyone who visited the show and requested more information on the Moody can expect to receive this in the next few days. For those who might have missed the show and the opportunity to see the new Moody 45DS, it is now on display at Windcraft's headquarters - Bayview Anchorage Marina on Sydney's Pittwater.
Appointments are required for personal inspections and these can be made by contacting Windcraft Australia
Visit the Moody Yachts page for more information.