EvenSong is a 36 foot Moody Halberdier ketch built by Moody in the United Kingdom in 1967.

I bought her in 2008 in Buffalo, New York where I worked on her in 2008 and summer 2009 and sailed her:
– Oct – Nov 2009 to Rimouski, Quebec
– June – Oct 2010 from Rimouski to Nain in Northern Labrador and down to Port Saunders, Newfoundland for winter storage.
– Aug – Oct 2011 around Newfoundland via St. John’s and over to Nova Scotia.
– Jan 2012 from Pictou, Nova Scotia to Iles de la Madelein (Magdalen Islands ) where I sold her.

EvenSong classified as a motorsailer.
Sleeps 5 in a three cabin layout (2 singles in forward cabin, one in main and 2 singles in aft cabin).
Was professionally surveyed in 2008.

The previous owner started a major rebuild of the galley and dining area. I have built temporary dining and cooking areas with a large sink, a table, seating, lots of drawers and work spaces. It’s functional and comfortable.

She is narrow (11 ft) in the style of older boats. So, as the books and web sites like to say about a narrow boat,  she is more sea kindly than roomy. I am 6 ft 2in. and there’s standing headroom throughout. The main cabin, as on all boats with an aft cabin with raised coach roof (as opposed to an aft cabin under the cockpit), is smaller, about 6 1/2 feet long. She has 2 heads but we will use one as a locker. Storage will be at a premium. I rate her as comfortable, not luxurious.

Click on the following to see pictures of EvenSong
EvenSong under sail north of Nain Labrador, late July 2010
Warmer Days of 2010

Some Pictures of EvenSong These were taken in Buffalo, NY and on the voyage from Buffalo, NY to Rimouski, Quebec in October and November 2010.

Galley, Dinette and Plans for a new stove

Other pictures inside and out.

The Sail Plan of a Moody Halberdier.

The Anchors on EvenSong.

Pictures of EvenSong showing hull shape, lift points and stand/cradle placement

Moody Halberdier Layout and Accomodation - Blurprints

The Brouchure

The Halberdier 36 was designed for Moodys by Alan Hill, and was the first all-GRP yacht built by the yard. A total of 29 were moulded by Marcon (Marine Construction Ltd., Plymouth), and finished by Moodys, between 1967 and 1973. At that point Moodys stopped building the class, but mouldings were still available, and an unknown number of further boats were built, finished by other builders, over the next ten or fifteen years.

Most Halberdiers had 35 hp Perkins engines. Most Halberdiers were ketches, with the sailplan as shown on the drwaing at left.

Despite the ‘motor sailer’ tag, the Halberdier is a genuine sailing yacht, with a classic long keel hull form and a powerful rig.

EvenSong’s Statistics

  • LOA Metric: 11.0m
    LOA Imperial: 36’1″
    LWL Metric: 8.53m
    LWL Imperial: 28’0″
    Beam Metric: 3.38m
    Beam Imperial: 11’1″
    Draft LongKeel Metric: 1.52m
    Draft LongKeel Imperial: 5’0″
    Displacement Metric: 9,246 kg
    Displacement Imperial: 20,383 lbs
    Water Metric:  —– ltr
    Water Imperial:  — gal
    Fuel Metric: 45 ltr
    Fuel Imperial: 10 gal
    Mainsail Sloop Metric: 85m2
    Mainsail Sloop Imperial: 305 sq ft
    Mainsail Ketch Metric: 72.46m2
    Mainsail Ketch Imperial: 260 sq ft
    Mizzen Metric: 26.47m2
    Mizzen Imperial: 95 sq ft
    Working Jib Metric: 78m2
    Working Jib Imperial: 282 sq ft
    No2 Jib Metric: 71.35m2
    No2 Jib Imperial: 256 sq ft
    Engine: Perkins 4-108 50 hp diesel engine

8 responses

16 04 2010
Dennison Berwick

Congratulations on a beautiful boat and thanks for sharing the information. Fair winds (!) in Labrador.

20 04 2010
Dale H. Arden

Thanks for the complete description of your ketch. It looks like the right kind of vessel to make a trip up North.

20 04 2010
Alex Londono

Is the perfect boat for ocean sailing

25 04 2010
Craig Poole

Great to see the ole girl on her feet again – I was never sure what happend to Evensong after I sold her to Gerald back in 2005.

She is very sea kindly and forgiving and a great vessel. I lived aboard from 1998 to 2004 and took her from New York City to Key West, Fl. by myself.

Craig Poole

25 04 2010
Craig Poole

p/s. – that should be a perkins 4-108 50 hp engine – I had to replace the original in 2004 after she blew a gasket and gave up the ghost.


26 04 2010

Craig Did you install a new, reconditioned or used engine in 2003? ThanksDavid

26 04 2010
Craig Poole

yes, sorry – make that 2003 – replaced both the engine and transmission and all the motormounts at the same time.

26 04 2010

Craig: Thanks of the update. I found the engine manual and invoice. I’ll call later in the week as I’m on my way to the boat. David

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