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Moody 38 (1938) for sale in Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

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Impressively steeped in history, 'Lady Christobel' is a Moody 38 traditional gentleman's motor yacht currently sale. Constructed by the esteemed A H Moody & Sons in 1938, she was designed by respected naval architect Fred Shepherd for Sir Maurice Jenks, former Lord Mayor of London, and named for his first wife. Over her life, 'Lady Christobel' has changed hands several times and possibly served in WWII, though her involvement in the Dunkirk evacuation remains speculative. Her sturdy carvel hull of pitch pine is copper-fastened to oak timbers and topped with teak laid decks, providing undeniable strength and character. The interior, in need of restoration, boasts varnished teak and mahogany fittings across the two-cabin, four-berth layout. Powering her are twin 53hp BMC Newage diesel engines. With a potential mooring available, she's a time-honoured investment built for the seas and ripe for rebirth.

General information
Moody 38
Used power boat for sale
Price comment
All reasonable offers considered
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Lady Christobel
Fred Sheperd
Length overall
11.63 metres
Length waterline
10.72 metres
2.95 metres
0.91 metres
14,225 kg
Long Keel
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

About this Moody 38



LADY CHRISTOBEL was designed by the well respected naval architect Fred Shepherd and built by A H Moody & Sons of Swanwick Shore, Southampton for Sir Maurice Jenks Bart LLD (1872 – 1946) the 604th Lord Mayor of London from 1931 -1932. Sir Maurice was High Sheriff of London from 1930 – 1931, became a Knight Bachelor in 1931 and a Baronet in October 1932.

LADY CHRISTABEL, launched in 1938 was named after Sir Maurice’s first wife Martha Louise Christabel Smith. In 1936 the first LADY CHRISTABEL was built, a 32ft motor-yacht designed by Guy Shelley, later re-named LADY LOUISE when the Moody built vessel was launched. In later years the spelling of Christabel was changed to the present Christobel.

After a few short seasons enjoying their new motor yacht in Poole as members of the Royal Motor Yacht Club, LADY CHRISTABEL was requisitioned by H M Government for auxiliary patrol in June 1940. There is some speculation the vessel took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk but this is not proven as the boat does not appear on any of the official lists.

After the war and the death of Sir Maurice, R L Robinson of Sonning on Thames acquired LADY CHRISTOBEL. She remained in his ownership for three years before Leslie Yeowell of Southampton bought the vessel. In 1957 LADY CHRISTOBEL was sold to M Clouzy of Bournemouth and moored in nearby Christchurch Harbour. Joint owners T Greaves and J Sanderson took ownership in 1967 initially mooring LADY CHRISTOBEL at East Bridge and later at Farndon. The boat remained in their ownership throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

LADY CHRISTOBEL features in the book The Moody Legacy with several photographs of her launching in 1938

Carvel constructed hull, pitch pine planking, copper fastened to oak timbers and structure. Teak laid decks on marine ply sub deck, oak deck beams with steel hanging and lodging knees. Mahogany superstructure with fibreglass sheathed flybridge and coachroof. Large aft cockpit with teak joinery. Raked, flared high bow with pronounced sheer forward making her dry in a seaway.

Principally original interior offering four berths in two cabins with varnished teak and mahogany fittings. Enclosed centre WHEELHOUSE with helm to port, two engine cases. Aft LADIES CABIN with settees to port and starboard, lockers and shelves and double doors opening to aft COCKPIT. Seating to port and starboard, central teak grating table and grating sole. Side lockers and twin doors to stern lazarette. Stainless-steel canopy frame and canvas cover

Flybridge helm with captain and navigator seats. Gas bottle lockers. Deck stepped timber mast.

This boat is in need of a full restoration although the hull is beleived to be sound Current mooring could be avaliable by negotiation


PAIR 53hp four- cylinder BMC NEWAGE DIESEL ENGINES circa 1974. 1.5 inch stainless steel shafts. Three blade propellers. Four batteries with WAECO charger. 12 volt electrics upgraded in 2010.

Anchor Windlass, 35lb CQR anchor, Fisherman’s and Danforth kedge anchors.

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Cowes Yacht Agency are acting as brokers for the vendor who is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. These details are prepared from information provided by the vendor and are intended only as a guide to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not constitute part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and to have the vessel fully surveyed by a qualified marine surveyor. Details are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Cowes Yacht Agency. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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Broker/Dealer Information

Cowes Yacht Agency

Mr Neil Clifford
Castle Road
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QZ
United Kingdom
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