Maybe I was thinking about another brand (Gulfstar?) that was built at different yards over their lifespan. I learned to sail on a 1973 Morgan OI 36 and over two years made a number of offshore passages including a very rough winter crossing of the Caribbean
and had no significant problems with the basic boat structure. When I was shopping
a few years ago I asked an old friend who has been surveying boats for about 40 years what he thought about Morgans in general. He rated them fairly high on the list of older production boats.
No idea what kind of ports
on these boats but I've been overhauling the ports
and hatches on my Pearson
(all Bomars) and it wasn't hard at all. The seal was just a long piece of round foam looking stuff. Pulled out the old and the new self glued into the groove, cut the ends with a sharp razor, all done. Some may be a bit trickier. Have to say, if they can be made to not leak I would like more opening ports instead of fewer.
Overall I love the 422. Of course a few things that aren't perfect but mostly very minor. Very little on deck storage
, no cockpit
lockers. There were a lot of leaks
in the deck fittings and a little wet core
here and there (not unique to Pearson and I would worry about in any older boat). Boat has a LOT of thru-hulls, 11 below the waterline if I recall
and that many or more right at the waterline. Wish the cockpit
drains were 2" instead of 1.5". Would prefer an L shaped settee in the main cabin
. All the lockers were lined with a foam backed vinyl that I'm pulling out.
Moody's have an excellent reputation. That brand was on my list but didn't find one in my size, price
and area when I was shopping