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Old 10-05-2010, 15:10   #1
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Anyone Familiar with 1972 Morgan Out Island 41 Sloop ?

Hi, It's been a while since I last posted. At that time we were on our Cal 9.2 at Lake Texhoma. Since then we have just purchased our "dream" boat, the Echo, a 41ft Morgan OutIsland Sloop, and are starting our repairs on her. Her engine is real good, and we had to make repairs to her transmission, but it's in good working order now. I'm having to totally redo the forward head, and I have to add a toilet to the aft owners stateroom. I'm not sure which would be the best toilet for the best value. Thanks everybody, it's good to finally be living the "Dream". We have moved aboard her at Bahia Marina in Ingleside on the Bay, and I love it!!
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Cant help with the head, but Congratulations! The old Morgan O/Is are often maligned, but the truth is they are strong, heavy, slow, roomy boats with powerful engines. In good condition they can safely take you a long way and they make an excellent extended cruising platform. Like many beamy full keel boats they dont point very well and it takes a bit of a breeze to get them going, but in stronger winds they go like freight trains and handle rough seas well.
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thanks Slo, We are very happy with her, we wanted a boat roomy enough for a live aboard, and yet with good cruising capabilities, and Echo seems to fit the bill. She is a little slow, ( a lot more that our Cal 9.2, lol) but she makes up for it in a lot of other ways. We really got a great deal on her, and she's in decent shape for a '72 model. Appreciate the reply, and may the wind always be in your sails!
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My wife and I have lived aboard two 1973 Morgan Out Islands,- a 33' from '73-'85 & a 41' from '85 - present. 'not much different from the '72. Here are a few cautions to watch for,- watch for any development of a hairline crack developing between the port and starboard rudder halves. A wise move before delamination would be to run a fiberglass tabbing around the glued seam. My 41' had a Westerbeke 4-107 that left us underpowered. We replaced it with a 56hp Yanmar. You may have the larger Perkins. Your hull-deck joint, like mine, is under the rubrail and susceptable to damage. We have found manufacturers that produce the rubber extrusions for the portlight gaskets and the rub rail. Ours is fine, but we've seen Morgan OI's with corroded mast steps and back-up plates at the stem head fitting,- watch these! I did find a crack one of my chain plates in '91. We replace our shrouds once each 12 years. ...and we did need to replace our two 50 gallon fuel tanks with two 55 gallon aluminum tanks in '95.




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I didn't know about the different engines. The 2 that I've been on had 85 hp Perkins.
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I ran a Catalina built Morgan O/I 41 with a 40 HP engine once,
A tad underpowered I'd say.

Other than that, the boat held up prettu good, no leaks in heavy rains and hurricanes in Florida.

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There may be some variety with the blistering among individuals boats, but I think events like the major blistering cited above may have been to too much sanding of the barrier coat and previous poor care. My '73 Morgan OI has had less than a dozen nickel size blisters appearing over it's 37 year history.
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thanks Slo, We are very happy with her, we wanted a boat roomy enough for a live aboard, and yet with good cruising capabilities, and Echo seems to fit the bill. She is a little slow, ( a lot more that our Cal 9.2, lol) but she makes up for it in a lot of other ways. We really got a great deal on her, and she's in decent shape for a '72 model. Appreciate the reply, and may the wind always be in your sails!
Hello, my wife Mary and I are the new owner of this Morgan 41, the former "Echo" that was renamed as "Infinity" when you sold it to the next owner. The boat is in very poor shape as she was left at a dock in Bay City with most of the wiring removed, the bilge pump was disconnected and the engine was locked up as it took in water about 14 months ago. In the process of deciding to fix and/or replace her engine, I am trying to obtain as much historical information on the boat and the power train as possible, and I am delighted to learn that you are one of her previous owner. Information left on the boat indicated that this boat was original fitted with a Westerbeke 4.107 (typically a Perkins 4.107 painted in red color) and the current engine is a Perkins 4.108 (in blue color). As the transmission is currently painted in red color and if this transmission is the original unit, I assume that a red 4.107 engine was replaced by the blue Perkins 4.108 engine that is currently locked up due to taking in water. However, there is no indication that the cockpit floor or any part of the boat was ever being cut off for the typical engine replacement. The mechanics who ever did the engine replacement at the time must had done an excellent job in replacing the engine without cutting off the cockpit floor or any other structural component around the engine room. Or it may be that the blue Perkins 4.108 is the original engine on the boat and the red transmission is the new unit that was replaced instead. I would appreciate any and all information that you may remember to provide. You can PM or email me at long1pham@aol.com with any information that you may have. Thank you. Long Pham
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