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Old 14-01-2011, 17:12   #1
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Morgan M35 Centerboards

I have been research and looking for my first sail boat for nearly a year. I love Charlie Morgan's boats (prior to the sale and refining by Catalina). There is a 1971 M35 Centerboard in my area that I absolutely love. However, I can find almost no information on the M35's anywhere. Can anyone help?

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Old 17-01-2011, 11:26   #2
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I actually just bought one of these boats last summer. I was fortunate enough to find an old owner's manual online:

I like the boat. It's my first, so I'm net to this whole thing, but I'm enjoying it. The only thing that is a constant hassle for me is that the headroom in the cabin is about 6'2", which is more than most boats of comparable size, but I'm 6'4", so alas...

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Old 17-01-2011, 12:25   #3
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I owned a '71 M35 new, delivered in Tampa. Do to a collosal mess up with the layup schedule, ended up in a prolonged law suit with Morgan. This was probably a one time occurence but resulted in a very thin hull on the stbd half. Other than that the boat sailed nicely even without the board down. Had a very nice cruise up from Tampa to Norfolk and cruising C bay.

The only other thing that was an issue was electrolysis problems with the C/B cable. Even though everything was bonded and put together the way the experts say, it would eat up the cable, even monel, in about 6 months. From my conversations with Morgan, I got the feeling that it wasn't an unusual occurence. Electrolysis was specifically excluded from the warranty. Electrolysis didn't seem to effect any other underwater fittings on the boat. If you find this is a problem, switching to one of the new synthetics should cure the problem.
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Old 20-01-2011, 21:44   #4
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Thank you for your replies. Very helpful, especially the link to the manual and the advice regarding replacing the centerboard cable.
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Flatlander, I'd love to see some pictures of her for comparison. Aldo, what did you pay? I can't find enough comparable boats to determine a good price range.
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