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Morgan OutIsland 33
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Description: Morgan OutIsland 33
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sat October 7, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


As Morgan Yacht's owners manual states, the Out Island 33 design concept was "a careful balancing of priorities as they related to the yacht's primary function -- comfortable, short range and /or extended cruising." Major features of the design are:
a. Shoal draft at the acceptance of some compromise in windward performance.
b. Maximum usable space above and below decks.
c. Dedicated to the preservation of aesthetics.

After owning this boat since 1978 I agree that they accomplished their goal. It is a strongly built yet simple boat with the accomodations of a 40' boat of that era. A 6'4" tall person has full headroom throughout and can strech out in all of the bunks.

It's full length keel causes this boat to track well but come about slowly but deliberatly. It is a true sailing yacht with 5,000 pounds of internal ballast and 525 feet of sail area on a 46' tall mast stepped on the keel.

It design is a cruising boat with no racing aspirations. However, during the 80's I campaigned mine in five of Yachting Magazine' Block Island Race Weeks. After adding a 2' long bowsprit and a bolt on hollow fin keel that added 2' to her draft we were fully competitive going upwind with our class and sailed up to our 198 second per mile handicap. Our best finish was second place in a class of 25 boats including some very skilled racers.

I recommend the bowsprit addition as it helps balance the rig, improves sheeting angle and adds sail area for light winds. This is a heavy boat with an empty design displacement of 14,500 pounds, although mine is over 16,000 with a full fuel tank, and the extra sail area helps in light winds. Leeway isn't an issue when she isn't being raced.

In recent years I have found that using a flattening reef when going upwind reduces leeway, reduces weather helm and may improve speed.

Construction is very strong and there hasn't been a significant part failure over the boat's life. Interior furnishing are plain but equally durable. Blisters haven't been a problem with this pre oil embargo model. Deck crazing is almost non existant.

She handles well under power and did 6.5 knots under power with her original Atomic 4. She will reach at up to 8.2 knots under sail and will do 6.5 knots to weather.

Accomodations are very livable. Every year I take an 8 or 9 day cruise with up to 5 other adult male friends and we live aboard. At the end of each cruise we are still friends. At the Yachting Race Weeks we also lived aboard at anchor with a crew of 5 or 6 adults. With only 3 it starts to feel empty down below.

Originally there were leaks at the hull to deck joint which were fixed from inside the hull with 3M 5200.

Recently I replaced the fixed side ports with opening ports made by Bomar. This greatly improved ventilation and light below, especially when docked with the wind abeam.

After 23 years I still love this boat and will be happy to answer questions.
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Review Date: Sun August 13, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 


I wrote the first review on the OI33 in 2000 and it's 2006 already. There been no significant problems with the boat since 2000 other than the new engine had to be rebuilt after 300 hours due to defective manufacture. I've continued to take a week long annual cruise with friends each year that includes coatal ocean sailing. A minor leak appeared in the hull to deck joint and was fixed with 3M 5200. The boat remains structurally sound, totally dry and there have been no systems failures except for the engine. There are no signs of fatigue in the fiberglass. At this rate it will outlive the crew.

Gel coat and teak trim are still original. I may have to paint the deck soon as the gel coat is wearing thin in places.

The big news is I've added a centerboard that's mounted alongside the keel at it's thickest point. The board pivots on a 1/2 inch diameter bolt that goes through the keel and exits 6 inches above the bottom of the keel. This bolt passes through the after end of internal lead ballast. A six inch radius on the top of the board presses against keel on one tack and the board presses against the bottom of the keel on the other tack. The board is 12" wide and adds 2.5 feet to draft when down. I used a similar board on my first sailboat, a wooden 30 footer, many years ago.

The board makes the boat sail like a deeper keeled boat, with less leeway, less weather helm when pressed and faster tacking. It also enables the boat to self steer to windward with the heading adjusted by trimming the sails. By reducing the vortex off the keel it reduces drag, so the boat is just as fast.

I'd be happy to answer questions on the board design and about the boat in general. My e-mail address is
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Registered: January 2010
Location: Annapolis
Posts: 10
Review Date: Sun January 24, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 


Wanted to know from the other posting how he sealed his deck to hull joint from the inside with the 3M 5200? I have leaking around the area of the deck hull joint and I don't know if it's the toe rail or the joint or both. Help.
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Registered: March 2013
Review Date: Sun March 3, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Great!....About that centerboard added to the side of fixed keel as you explain;
1- How do you operate the centerboard to go up or down?
2- If always down, are you not afraid it would break off on a grounding?
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