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Old 13-09-2011, 10:46   #1
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Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40' Range

I know I will get blasted from both sides of this, but I am leaning towards a Morgan OI 41 for cruising the Carribean and maybe the South Pacific islands. Generaly just puttering after retirement next year.

A lot of you folks have a lot of experience and I would like to hear the opinions on the Morgan's. OI or others. Looking in the $60,000 to $80,000 range.
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40 foot range

is what they were designed to do --cruise the islands in caribean and gulf areas. they are roomy but i dont know their sailing quirks..
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40 foot range

So far I have not heard any thing really bad about the boats. Seems Charlie Morgan designed good solid boats. Kind of why I am looking at them. I don't figure to be in any hurry out there either. Really would like a boat that will sail well, and let me drink my beer, with rum chasers, and fish from the hammock off the aft deck!
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40 foot range

Our family spent a week on one in the bahamas a couple years ago. It was a ketch rig, suprisingly fast and stable. The deck was a bit flexy in places. It was also a center cockpit. I'm not crazy about center cockpit boats simply because I think the cockpits tend to be smaller and accessing the davits seems a little awkward too. On the flip side it does allow for a rear suite inside the boat that is very nice. The first day wind and waves were kicking up past 15 knots and the boat did near 7 knots most of the morning. Very shallow draft and a full keel makes a very good monohull island hopper. Just make sure the hull and deck is in good shape if you buy one. I don't think the quality was as good as a CSY or Island Packet, but hey there are tons of the Morgans out the to choose from and they are cheap.
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40 foot range

I have sailed a few. I thought about buying one and started looking at them. I found evidence of hull/deck leaks, flexing decks, tight engine room, etc. and gave up the idea.
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40 foot range

Thanks. Really good information coming in.
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is what they were designed to do --cruise the islands in caribean and gulf areas. they are roomy but i dont know their sailing quirks..
Zeehag, do you find that your 41 footer deals well with heavy seas?
By the way, we share the same birth date. Not the year, but the day. You just have to be a good gal!
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40' Range

See the O/I 41 Reviews:

by Charles Doane
Here ➥ Morgan Out Island 41: Affordable and Comfortable - www.boats.com

by Jack Horner
Here ➥ BoatUS.com: Boat Reviews by Jack Hornor, N.A. - Morgan Out Island 41

by Bill Dietrich & friends
Here ➥ Boat Model - Morgan Sailboats
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Thanks GordMay.
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Zeehag, do you find that your 41 footer deals well with heavy seas?
By the way, we share the same birth date. Not the year, but the day. You just have to be a good gal!
of course i am a good gal...is my birthdate!!!
yes this brick is awesome in heavy seas and biiig winds-- did perfect in 60 + kt breezes north of cabo--didnt miss a beat--didnt heel over hard--just broke the taff where i had prevented the mizzen to it- so we laughed and kept on, with the preventer through the hawse....
i enjoy sailing htis one on prefrontal winds--is fun!!this boat is why gods made prefrontals......
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of course i am a good gal...is my birthdate!!!
yes this brick is awesome in heavy seas and biiig winds-- did perfect in 60 + kt breezes north of cabo--didnt miss a beat--didnt heel over hard--just broke the taff where i had prevented the mizzen to it- so we laughed and kept on, with the preventer through the hawse....
i enjoy sailing htis one on prefrontal winds--is fun!!this boat is why gods made prefrontals......
Well, now I maby have to look at a Formosa, with a review like that.
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Those articles are very good. They have given me a few points that I had not considered, up to now. I may have to reevaluate my purchase plan. I do like the center line queen aft bunk. I like the center cockpit layouts. I think I would prefer a center cockpit. But the writers make several good points.
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Re: Opinions on the Morgan OI, 40' Range

I have sailed 4 different Morgans and they are good boats. The ones listed on Yachtworld that have been refitted are excellent boats for the ICW, Florida, Bahamas and Islands.

However, their prices represent what the owner spent and not intrinsic value, they are still old and old fashioned and in 10 yrs time will have depreciated tremendously and will be very difficult to sell when they are 45 years old.

I would not discourage you from buying one that has been refitted but would caution you not to pay top dollar.
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in this market. paying top dollar is stupid. shop around and find a good one at lower money. sail everything you can before buying as you may like something else more. nevfere can tell until you try it.
remember=--is a BUYERS market.
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in this market. paying top dollar is stupid. shop around and find a good one at lower money. sail everything you can before buying as you may like something else more. nevfere can tell until you try it.
remember=--is a BUYERS market.
Thank you. I will do that.
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