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Old 28-11-2014, 05:56   #1
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Morgan Out Island 51/512

Any insight as to why these boats seemed to be priced so much less that comparable sized/capable boats?

They seem to be an awful lot of vessel for the 100-150k they tend to be listed for.

I have sent a PM to an owner, but interested in what the consensus may be.

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Old 28-11-2014, 06:39   #2
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I'll be interested to hear the views. I've been on one before. Huge below deck but as you know, they sail like a brick. Most were used for charter and heavily used/abused. Some were made for owners though and may be in better shape. Charter or owner would be a key question.
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Re: Morgan Out Island 51/512

The OI series boats are definitely huge room. Sail performance isn't bad off the wind but a brick might point better close hauled.

The ones I've seen don't have a fancy wood interior so savings there. In general I think they are reasonably well built.
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Re: Morgan Out Island 51/512

They were never intended to be raceboats. Power to windward to the Out Islands for a few days, and slide back to Florida on the easterlies for the rest of the charter week.
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They are built like the proverbially named brick s==t house. They have a huge flat bottom keel, made out of polyester and glass with steel punchings poored in the mix. They are called encapsulated. That is what I bought when I retired. Mine was a small one, 30 ft long. It only drew 3 ft. I hit the bottom all over the Bahamas, and Belize and Guat. and some of Mexico. You could have a small dance party in the salon. One night we had a birthday party for a couple of well-liked cruisers and there were 14 people on board for about 6 hours. It was built in 78 and had its original diesel. Yanmar 20. always started, never a bit of trouble except for the learning curve it gave me. I loved it and would buy another. in a minute. Mac
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Could be partially due to how really unattractive they are. Life's too short to own an ugly boat!


No Offense meant to owners of this pretty functional, roomy & strongly built boat.
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roomy and strong, not for racing but if you don't care about speed then enjoy...........survey and one owner better than charter.
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Re: Morgan Out Island 51/512

Thanks for everyone that chimed in.

Won't be trying to win any races, and looking for an intermediate step before committing any "really big bucks" in the dream boat.

A reasonable survey, with boats of this size/capability for this price, we could consider skipping the charter scene all together.

1980 Morgan 512 Out Island Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Definitely something to take a look at once we're back in NA.

Likely not going to see any over here, but I supposed you never know.
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