Originally Posted by jwcolby54
My understanding is that the Out Island series was designed specifically for the florida charter trade
, i.e. sailing to the bahamas.
I love mine and would not hesitate to sail her to the Bahamas, in fact I am planning a trip this coming year.
It's true that the Morgan
Out Islands were designed with the charter trade in mind,- specifically the Caribbean
and the Bahamas; however, these charter companies did not keep any of their fleet in Florida for passages to the islands. Like today, most of the charters are from three days to a week and the boats remain within an island group. As an example, sailboats chartered in Marsh Harbor. Abaco
, are normally restricted to the area from Whale Cay to the north and Little Harbor to the south. Those chartered in the Virgin Islands
remain among these islands.
We bought a new Morgan Out Island
33 in 1973 and sailed it from Florida to the Bahamas in 1975. Our best sail on our 33 was that same summer with a 24 hour run from Walkers Cay to Port Canaveral.
We've always had pleasant passages on both of our Morgan Out Islands, but then we only choose the best of conditions. We sometimes work though a short squall or a pop-up thunder shower
, but these rarely last as much as an hour and they are easily managed.