For my money
, I'd buy the Catalina
. Both are good boats, The Morgan nameplate is higher end, but this boat is 50 years old and doesn't have either of the things you want/need. Catalina keeps records on all their boats, and if you call them, they probably can tell you all about your hull
number, where it's been kept, etc.
Couple of things: Catalinas are designed so that you can take anything out of the boat without taking off decks, etc. Yes, even the engine
will come out through the companion way. If you need to do extensive work
, that alone will save you $$$$. The keels are made of lead, which is what you want.
Check to see if the standing rigging
of the boat has been replaced in the last ten years. If not, then have it throughly inspected by an experienced rigger/surveyor; I'd replace it anyway. The running rigging
need the same.... time, water
, and UV are destroyers.
I have been on a Catalina 36
in 60 knot
winds with 20 foot breaking seas (not my boat, and I hope that Never happens again) and she brought three very tired and afraid sailors home safely.
Best of Fortune to you (and sail boats are no cheaper to operate than power),