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post #3 of Old 07-06-2009
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My wife and I have been retired since 2002 and running from Maine to the Bahamas. We're "cockpit potatos", choosing the best of weather and without commitment. We've lived and cruised comfortably aboard our Morgan Out Islands since 1973. Charlie Morgan once told me, "We wanted to design a boat that would motor well for the charter trade." We recently met a couple that brought their Morgan OI (Catalina built "Morgan Classic") comfortably down from the PNW through the canal to Florida. Our 4'3" draft compromises some windward performance, but it gives us a lot of access too! Our boat is a "truck" with the fiberglass one inch thick as high as the portlights. I can see the alure of the lower cost of a wood boat, but if I were looking again; then, I'd be in the market for a 70's or 80's Morgan or comparable workhorse and save the extra 100K for the cruising kitty! 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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