Special Case. Why?
I started this thread to showcase exemplary boats on the market. I wanted to show that there are some nice cruising boats available for less than $30K. I generally choose boats that appear to be in Very Good to Outstanding condition.
Condition matters. I did not want to see this thread populated with junk boats or salvage
boats or boats that have known significant problems (no working engine, wet decks, fire damage, sunken boats, etc.). I look at thousands of boats, but have limited my posts in this thread to boats that appear "ready to sail" and may be suitable as a reference point or example.
Today, I saw a boat I consider a nice design, with a (mostly) nice looking interior
. Something about this particular boat looks familiar, and I suspect I have seen it listed before, but this now appears to be a new listing (I was just notified today).
Normally I would pass by this boat and not add it to this thread, but something about this one made me pause, as it may possibly fit what someone on CF is looking for (a suitable boat for someone with mechanical know-how to fix).
Morgan 41 Centerboard
Year = 1969
Location = Coco Beach, Florida USA
According to the ad: "New in 2014 Phasor Kobuta 43HP FWC diesel got water in and needs Rebuild."
I like the white interior
(but the forward cabin
appears rough), and the layout and design of the boat.
I like that it is a centerboard
boat, suitable for shallow waters.
It is an OLD boat (1969) and it does have a significant problem (the motor
is not running). But, replacing an engine can be a relatively simple and quick fix, if one is handy and is aware of the required replacement bits and associated gear
(cooling, shaft, mounts, electrical) etc.
In this case, I would look at the boat as conservatively requiring a new engine
. I would normally pass up such a boat, but because the engine has been recently updated (installed in 2014) some of the necessary "other required work" may have already been done, leaving less than usual needed work to fit the engine and prop and shaft, mounts, plumbing
, etc. You have to determine that.
In this case, the engine is a recently installed Kubota 43hp engine that ingested some water, causing a need to rebuild
it. It could be completely ruined. This could be replaced by Beta Marine
. Or, one could investigate the possibility of a rebuild. I would assume it is just a lump that has to be removed from the boat when negotiating the price
. But that is me.
Because it has a non-working engine, it will be overlooked by many potential buyers, and may remain on the market till the right person comes along.
In any case, I see this as an opportunity for negotiating the price of the boat, because there are so many other nice boats on the market that have working engines.
What is a reasonable price? That and the rest is up to you.
Here is a link to the boat ad:
1969 Morgan Centerboard Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
All photos in this post are from THIS ad for THIS boat.
My Disclaimers and Requests
I have no financial or other connection to this boat or the seller.
I have not seen this boat in person, nor have I sailed on it.
As with any boat, it is a good idea to research
the design to learn about how they sail, common problems and owner opinions.
As with any boat, it is smart to have a qualified yacht surveyor
perform a survey of the boat to assess its condition.
I am posting
this to help others find boats. This one caught my eye, and I hope this thread helps others find a good fit for them.
I hope this thread proves helpful to CF Members. If so, let me know, as it is nice to know the time spent on it has helped others.
IF you purchase
this boat, let me know (a PM would be OK).
IF you purchase
this boat, I would enjoy seeing it, or going for a sail on it, if I am ever in your area.
IF you have a sister boat, I encourage to post some comments about it in this thread.
IF you own a similar or sister boat, I would enjoy sailing on it with you. Why? I enjoy sailing on a wide variety of boats and would like to get some time on many designs, including this one.