We are the proud owners of "Felicity" a 41 ft Morgan
built in 1968, and finished in England
in 1969, with all mahogany wood work, including a stained glass window in one of the lockers) . She's a keel-centreboard, with a 11'-3" beam, 4'-2" draft
with the board up and 9'-8" with the board fully down. As a yawl rig, we have lots of sails
, but at least they're small enough that I can still handle them, so she's a good boat for us older sailors. She went around the world back in 1972 with a couple of reporters from the Washington
Post who filed stories as they went. In 2007, we repowered as the old Perkins
had 19,000 hrs, and needed more parts
than a new Yanmar
. As the previous readers have said, her waterline length is only a little over 30 ft, so we don't get much over 6 kts when under power or running. However with good winds, she lays over, her waterline increases to almost 39 ft. and she runs like a teenager. Great fun as she has low freeboard so the sea is rushing by your elbow
as you sit on the lee side. With the yawl rig, you can set the mizzen and pretty well balance her out under any point of sail. Yes, the cabin
is smaller than most modern boats her length, but with just the two of us, there's plenty of room. Lots of lockers ( 54) so we can stow more stuff out of the way than many bigger boats.
Negatives - not many, but running into a strong headwind and 4 -5 ft seas her speed is down to 3.5 kts with full rpms out of the Yanmar
. She's a little heavy,( 12T,) so we don't accelerate after a tack, but on the other hand, we don't pound into headseas either. After 46 yrs of sailing in eastern US and the Bahamas
, she needs constant maintenance
and with an overabundance of wood both below and on deck
, I find that the only time I'm not varnishing, is when I just ignore it. As Canadians, we leave her south for the summers and try to get at least 4 months during the winter in someplace warm. Even if we treat her like a floating condo, we still enjoy her size and comfort.
As a bonus, what really makes us feel good is to over hear a conversation that says " I thing that's the prettiest boat in the harbour" .