The Morgan 323 was my first boat. The friend I sold it too is still sailing it out of Tarpon Springs. My impressions were/are:
Heavy enough to be relatively sea kindly but still no slouch either (my friend loves to race)
Offset prop makes for some hellacious prop walk
the aluminum fuel tank
but was easy enough to replace
Simple but strong rig. Mine had hank on headsails but that never posed much of a problem.
Four foot draft
was welcome here in SW Florida
Easy to single
hand. I regularly did so.
With full main and 130 it had a bit too much weather helm
at about 18 kt. At least the autopilot
thought so. Reduce to a working jib
or put a reef in the main and there is about 1 spoke of weather helm
at 18-20 kt.
Tankage is not huge so you'll have to watch that if cruising. Mine had a 15 gal bladder holding tank
that the prior owner ignored. Pheww.
Pressurized alcohol stove/oven with a gallon of alk behind the port setee. Worked great but watch the oven
, temps tended to climb over time and need adjusting. For baking use the top rack to avoid burning the bottoms.
Ran mine with a Navico
pilot and it ran great. No other electronics
but a gps
, depthfinder, and vhf
It was a bit hard to find room for a little more battery
was under port setee and water
under starboard setee. This created a bit of a balance problem when one tank was full and other empty. A wee list, dontcha know.
At the time I was also looking at a Pearson
303. I thought the Morgan a bit stiffer and more cruise
suitable. The differences were not huge and may have been more the perception of a newby.
Final comment: I traded up for more tankage and storage
for more extended cruising
. Others have done well with this size or even smaller. You'll have to examine your own style. For weekend or one or two week cruises she was fine for me.
There are time while I'm working on my current
boat and I'll see her go down the river towards the Gulf and I miss her. It's true about the increase in maintenance
the larger the boat gets.
Good luck, I hope this helps.