|Tax Status:||Tax Paid|
|Tax Information:||VAT paid|
Sete Languedoc-Roussillon France|
MoonShadow is a classic twin-engined sea going cruiser. With a draft of 1m40 she is also ideal for canals and rivers. Built on a sea-kindly dutch steel hull, she was completed by Groves & Gutteridge in the Isle of Wight. Over the past two years she has undergone a complete professional refit.
She is currently in a secure year-round berth (which is transferable) in Sete (near Montpellier). Sete is a delightful town and makes an ideal base for cruising the Canal du Midi or heading up the Rhone to the vast inland cruising area of Europe’s canals and rivers. Also easily accessible are the coastal cruising areas of the French Riviera, the Spanish Costas, the Balearics, Corsica and Sardinia etc. etc.
MoonShadow is a stylish comfortable live-aboard for 2 people, easily accommodating 4 on extended voyages and six for shorter trips.
|Vessel type:||Steel Motor Yacht|
|Builder:||Dutch steel finished by Groves & Gutteridge|
|Make:||Groves & Gutteridge|
|No. of engines:||2|
|Engine model:||Thornycroft (Marinised Ford)|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||14.60m|
|Length at waterline:||13.50m|
|Hull colour:||Off-white (cream)|
|Fuel capacity:||1600 Litres|
|Water capacity:||1140 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||100 Litres|
MoonDance’s saloon is a comfortable wood-panelled space which incorporates one of the two helms (the other being a fly-bridge). It is currently furnished for canal / river cruising in that the seating is not fixed but modular with integral storage. It can easily be changed for coastal cruising.
Leading aft from the saloon are 3 steps down into the galley which has a 3-burner gas hob with outboard venting and a combination microwave convection oven. To starboard of the hob is a stainless sink with hot & cold water. The water heater is also gas with flow-controlled pezo ignition and no pilot light. Twin gas cylinders are outboard. To port is a cupboard with a domestic washing machine and one of the two heads which has a WC, sink and shower with full headroom. Aft of this is a delightful twin-berthed cabin.
Going forward from the saloon are 4 steps down to a double berth to starboard and the second head with WC and sink to port. Forward of the heads is a hanging locker and a small workshop leading to a separate forward double berth which we have largely used for storage.
Although not part of the accommodation, the huge foredeck is perfect for summer entertaining canal or river-side with a large, market-style sunbrella providing shade.
The flared bow of her Dutch steel hull and the varnished hard-wood of her superstructure are a uniquely attractive combination. MoonShadow was originally called "Fair Freedom" and had teak decks. We changed the name because . . . well, just because . . and we changed the decks because we had to. The original sandwich of steel, plywood and teak has been replaced (in 2018) by new steel, new plywood and a faux-teak finish. The new "teak" is better looking, cooler on the feet, insulates better, is considerably lower maintenance and ecologically more acceptable. The varnished teak superstructure requires about half a day's work every 6 months and overall upkeep on MoonShadow is remarkably easy.
MoonShadow comes with an extensive list of equipment including :
Walker Bay rigid / inflatable dinghy with 4hp Johnson seahorse and sail kit.
Fischer Panda diesel generator 6kw.
Portable 12v / 24v Honda petrol generator.
Eberspacher D4 diesel heater.
Convertibly enclosed command bridge.
SImpson Lawrence electric windlass.
Navigation equipment on MoonShadow is basic and antiquated. She has been, almost exclusively, on canals and rivers for the past 25 years. For a couple of coastal trips we have used Navionics on an iPad combined with traditional piloting techniques. However her original gps and autopilot still work and she has a depth finder. The VHF was replaced in 2016.
MoonShadow has two marinised Ford diesels (Thorneycroft): Both engines are 120hp and have less than 50 hours running time since a complete overhaul with replacement of fuel, exhaust and cooling systems; new alternators, etc.etc. They took us comfortably up the Rhone in April / May and have been completely dependable in all conditions for the 15 years we have had MoonShadow.
MoonShadow has a six-person life-raft (needs servicing); two-tone fog horn; fenders; 4 x life jackets; 2 x life rings; boarding ladder on a stern swim platform; fire extinguishers and blanket.