I owned a Morgan
32 for about 7 years and she did well by me. I did lots of bay and coastal sailing with her, and even one cruise
and back from San Francisco
. Good strong hull and rigging. Never had any real concerns about the structural integrity.
The one poor design on my boat (hull #1) was with the steering
system. It used steering
wires going through conduits - which increased steering fiction considerably. There was really no reason that I could see for using conduit, other than it was cheaper and a bit easier to install. I ended up pulling it out and replacing with proper Edson
sheaves. After that I had finger tip control at the wheel
. My Sailomat windvane
also definitely appreciated the reduction in steering friction.
At the time I purchased her there was also a fair amount of core delamination at the mast. I just figured the cost of that repair into the final purchase
price and had it immediately taken care of.
No problem with single handing this boat. When sailing I would often sit on the coaming athwartship of the wheel
. This would give me a good view of the jib
telltails and access to the mainsheet. While the mainsheet coming down in front of the companionway
does present some minor problems, I much prefer controlling the boom from the end rather than a mid-boom sheeting arrangement. The tall bridgedeck also gives confidence that you will keep water
out of the cabin
when sailing in big wind
(with internal ballast - no keel
bolts) came in a deep and shallow draft
version. Mine was shallow (4'), though I would have preferred deeper to make her a bit more stiff and ability to point a tad higher.