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Morgan 30
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Description: Morgan 30
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat January 18, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Morgan 30 is a Charles Morgan design centerboard sloop that is an excellent choice for someone who wants a shoal draft boat that sails well and is available at moderate cost.

The boat is strongly built but some corners were cut to keep price down. Some models may have older Atomic 4 engines. The centerboard design is highly desireable in areas with shoal water but also presents some maintenance concerns. A survey of any particular boat is highly recommended.

My overall satisfaction with this boat is high.

For additional information, please see The Morgan 30 Web Page at: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/4074/





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Review Date: Sat April 4, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fast, semi-flush deck sloop. 47' mast, 11'4" beam! Tiller, Atomic 4 engine. Heavy at 10,300 lbs., all hardware is oversized. Fin 5,000 lbs. keel makes boat stiff and solid, with smooth ride. 29'11" LOA, 27'9" LWL. Tiller steering, interior plain but functional. Laminate bulkheads (yuk). Performance matches contemporary 30' cruise boats. Overall, we really like this boat.





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Review Date: Tue October 27, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A fast cruiser/racer influenced by the CCA Rule, the Morgan 30 has a high aspect ratio centerboard completely enclosed within it's ballasted keel. Fast and close-winded, the 30 offers a very well balanced "2-finger helm" and is a joy to sail. It is a bit tender due to the relatively high position of the ballast in the shoal draft keel, you'll reef early. Hull and rig are robust, especially compared to other boats of the same vintage. Interior fittings are cheaper looking than some other similar vintage boats and storage space is at a premium with a narrow 9' 3" beam. She may be heavier at 10,500 lbs then similar 30's, but you won't worry about the hull or rig strength either. Sailing qualities hold first priority for me, and I have been very satisfied with the inevitable compromises Charley Morgan made with this design.
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Review Date: Tue August 17, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Solid, perhaps overbuilt. Displacement weight of 10,500 makes it a bit slow to start, but derives great momentum. The full length shoal keel makes for a stable/smoother ride while allowing to explore shallower waters. Draft is 3'6" with board up, centerboard makes it 7'2". Seems to perform best off the wind, while other boats appear to point better (that may be the sailor not the sailboat - time will tell). Roller furl boom doesn't work well for reefing main - no longer use this feature.

Original traveler system leaves something to be desired.
Interior is functional with adequate headroom. Comfortable for cruising with family or racing with the boys. Easy to single hand.

Overall - we are thrilled with this purchase.

I'd be happy to share any other info desired.


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Review Date: Sat October 30, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I had my Morgan 30 for eight years. I sailed toe Great South Bay in Long Island, NY and needed a shallow draft vessel. I loved the boat Felicity but it was time to "move up" so I sold her and bought the Morgan 38 I now own.
The 30 was a solid dependable craft and it was fast as well as being an excellent cruising boat. I put a lot of miles under her keel.
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Registered: October 2000
Review Date: Wed August 30, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased my boat in March 2000 and am extremely happy with her. I spent minimal money in initial purchase and am not afraid to put money into the boat because I know I can get it back. The boat sails extremely well even in light air. It is extremely confortable and a perfect boat for my wife and I. There have been many inquiries from people wanting to buy the boat. It is the perfect boat for the Florida Pan Handle where the air is fluky and the water shallow.
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Registered: August 2003
Review Date: Wed August 20, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My Morgan was purchased eight years ago in faily poor condition.
Within the first two seasons of use the center board fell out, the engine head came loose from the block (the head studs having rusted from the inside of the water jacket), and various wiring (mostly the work of unknown amatures) began to fail.
The boat was pulled in 1998 and the engine was removed for repairs.
The Engine is an Atomic 4 and has after three years and $6k been completely renovated down to the studs and nuts on the Rods. The only parts reused were the oilpan, transmission, block, head and oil pump gears. Everything else was replaced with new parts purchased form all over the US. The machining and reassebly was performed by two brothers in Southborough MA who run a specilized engine repair shop. They are J&M Machine and if you wnat the best they can do everything, but for a cost. These are not backyard machinists. The engine was reinstalled in the spring of 2000. The boats centerboard slot was plugged and glased over and then lauched in June 2000. I transported by engine only from Annapolis, MD to Warwick RI by way of the eastern seaboard, mostly without any problems.
I will pull the boat this winter (2003) to attach a deadwood keel to the bottom of the hull, I have no intention of dealing with a centerboard again. With any luck in the spring of 2004 sails will once again propel this old boat.
To date i have invested about $12k in the purchase and rebuilding of this fine old vessel, and anticipate keeper her for quite a few seasons. Her eventual replacement will be a larger Morgan.

M. Gray
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Registered: August 2003
Review Date: Wed August 20, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This site has pictures of my Atomic 4 soon after the rebuild was completed, I rate this shop very highly for excellence in marine engine rebuilding.
See WEB site at http://www.jandm-machine.com/.
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Joesaila

1977 Morgan OI 30

Registered: May 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 438
Review Date: Mon December 3, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid, Roomy.
Cons: Pointing

We bought our boat to sail New England waters and appreciate the 3 1/2 draft. It sleeps six [4 comfortably] and is powered be a very efficient Yanmar 30 hp diesel. I'm looking forward to putting radar on her and a roller furling. We've taken many freinds for day sails and our grandchildren have had a blast doing some overnighters. It has an Origo stove which has worked wonderfully [helps that my wife is a good cook!] We enjoyed a weeklong vacation to Nantucket, M.V. and look forward to 2 weeks next year. Maine is a possibility and the shallow draft will be a plus.

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Leither

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Registered: September 2008
Location: Calvert County, MD
Posts: 228
Review Date: Thu January 29, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Looks good, sails well upwind and down, roomy cockpit, comfortable, shallow draft , well built
Cons: Centreboard maintenance, cheap interior

The Morgan 30 is a really good looking boat which sails well at all points of the wind. The helm is almost neutral and works well with an autotiller. The uncluttered deck is comfortable to move about on. Basic mainsail roller reefing gets mixed reviews, but I really like it. Down below, the dinette layout means that it feels a bit cramped. Apart from this and the "faux" veneer the cabin has a good feel and the head/shower compartment is a good size. So far, I haven't had trouble with the centreboard, but I know it has major maintenance issues. Great boat, great to sail, a real classic.

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