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Morgan 27
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Description: Morgan 27
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat March 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great sailor, very fast, good cruser, very stable, keel steped mast.
All around fun boat.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon May 17, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Obviously very strong boat. Heavy. I want to race it and I don't know if it is fast. Appearance is different. I kind of like it. Cockpit a little on the small side. It's like a 28 or 29 foot boat in 27 feet. The keel weighs a ton (3300 pounds).
I have just bought the boat. If anyone knows anything about this boat, please E mail me.
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gangell
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Registered: October 2002
Review Date: Fri February 28, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Morgan 27 is a fast, capable racer-cruiser. Designed by Charlie Morgan, it has had a long and successful racing career. Although not as quick as the latest ultra lightweight boats of her size, the Morgan can satisfy the racer's need for speed in PHRF competition, while providing a safe, comfortable ride for the novice. Her long waterline, equal to that of many 30 footers, gives her a speed capability equal to much larger boats.(PHRF 174-180)

The boat is strong and well-balanced, and achieves her speed without being overpowered (SA/Disp = 235). The mast is keel-stepped, and single-spreader rigged.

The cockpit is on the small side, but provides a comfortable, secure base for controlling the boat. A bridgedeck protects the cabin from the errant wave. The reverse transom is one of the first to feature a step, which on outboard-powered versions makes for ready access to engine controls and on inboard versions allows easy boarding from the dinghy. (Some inboard boats had a vertical transom.)

The interior is fairly Spartan, reflecting the boat's racing emphasis. Accommodations are suitable for weekend cruising with four, or more extended cruising for a couple. A typical layout has a smallish vee-berth forward, separated from the main cabin by an athwartship head. The main cabin features two settee berths, a nav station and a galley (stove, sink, and well-insulated icebox. The boat has a handsome, modern appearance.
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robclimbsail
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Registered: June 2004
Review Date: Tue June 22, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is our first season with the Morgan and thus far we are quite happy.

In General

The construction of this boat is substantial to say the least the hull is a solid fiberglass lay-up and is quite thick (about 2 inches thick around the keel). The deck has a balsa core in it and it is important to watch for and prevent water intrusion to avoid delamination problems. Having said that the deck and its core are thick enough that minor delamination is not a problem but something to look for if the deck is spongy or soft.

The boat has a fairly modern appearance (especially for a boat built in this era) no one would ever call this boat salty with classic lines that is for sure. By the same token no one would call her ugly in fact many people seem to like the her lines and like the modern appearance of the vessel.

Her waterline is long for a 27 at 25 feet and this makes her fairly fast she rates 172-182 and sails to that rating

The Rig

The mast is keel stepped and the rig is more than substantial (the rig and mast are larger than seen on many 30 foot production boats). The only weak point on the rig is the chainplates which where set inboard in order to allow the sail to be sheeted in closer for better pointing ability, unfortunately these deck mounted chainplates are unsupported from below and flex and pull the deck. This problem is solved by running a triangle of wires from the chainplate backing plate below decks to the base of the mast inside. This setup solves the problem but does affect the interior room and accessibility inside the vessel.

Ocean going

Charley Morgan designed the boat to do well under MORC rules and standards and as such you can see this boat is designed for ocean sailing. First the cockpit is small to protect the boat from the instability of having a wave fill a huge cockpit also a high bridgedeck to protect the cabin from an errant wave exists as well. The boat handles heavy weather well but faces the same rather abrupt motion that any 7,500lbs vessel would in these conditions. We worst we have seen in the boat was 40knot winds under a double reefed main with waves of 2.5meters (the boat handled this better than the captain).

The decks are sloped on each side meaning they are a relatively flat working surface when the boat is healed over (making working on the decks and getting around a bit easier).

The sugar scoop style transom is both pleasing and visually and functional for accessing the outboard and for swimming.

Interior

Interior wise I have heard this boat called spartan however we find it suits our needs and cruise quite comfortably on the boat (of course we came from a 24 foot boat with sitting head room only). There is standing room at the companionway inside at the galley and the headroom diminishes from there as you move forward. The galley and the set up of the cabin are simple and flexible without a great deal of polish but a good dose of function. Two complaints one is that the vee berth is useless for two people and that a hanging locker would have proved a more effective use of space than a vanity in the head. Beyond that the wide beam of the vessel makes her seem roomy and functional for short term cruising and distance racing.

As I am a big fan of simplicity I like the simple interior which makes for easy clean up and allows us to cruise in a reasonable amount of comfort.

Sailing

Possibly the best part about the Morgan 27 is the fact that she sails so nicely and is so well balanced we set this boat up in the slot beating into the wind and you can leave the tiller to adjust something on the bow and come back with the boat not changing course at all. She points very well and would probably point better with sails that where not 10 years + old. She is a masthead rig and has a large chute, which keeps the boat moving down wind in reasonable fashion.

Speed wise its not uncommon for us to see 7 knots on the GPS in a stiff wind however speeds of 5.5 to 6.5 knots are more the rule.

Bottom line is that she is a great boat that sails well and is available for a generally at very reasonable prices with used boats going from $3,500 for one needing a refit to about $10,000 for something in good condition.

For more information on the Morgan 27 visit:

www.burntclutch.com

www.morgan-27.net
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