Morgan NA 40
Despite being an IOR vintage design, there's nothing about the design itself that would stop it from being a good cruiser. It's what you do to prep it and yourself for a trip like that.
Some have highlighted some bad traits of older IOR designs, but this one has fewer of those vices. It won't need 12 crew on the rail if you are smart with having enough reefs in the main (e.g. 3 with the third being a reduction of at least 40% of the mainsail area) coupled with a good range fo heavy air headsails.
Heavy weather jibs and storm sails: a 100% foretriangle #3, an 80% #4 heavy weather jib (with grommets installed for luff ties); a 65% to 70% #5 hi-visibility heavy weather jib (with grommets, AND luff ties already installed); storm jib and trysail.
Cruising with winds between 15 and 20 knots, a 100% #3 will do fine for beating, and close, to beam reaching.
I think the #4 would be comfortable in winds between 20 and 35knots and the #5 between 30 and 40+knots. After that, it's whatever you are comfortable with in terms of boat handling and how the boat handles.
You might want to re-post your link. It doesn't seem to be working. There are 4 on Yachtworld at the moment. The one that seems to be the best prepped with deck hardware and sail inventory is the blue hull on the Great Lakes. That one may however have been raced hard, but if it's been well maintained with attention to detail, it still may be better than one that has sat at the dock
Compared to the others, it has good winches with respect to power ratios. Their placement may be more suited towards fully crewed racing efficiency, but as you will no doubt have an autopilot or self steering vane, it shouldn't be an issue. You might be more disappointed with lesser winches. A couple of the others on Yachtworld seem under-powered in the winch department, and have minimal and old sail inventory.
Tankage for that trip is very shy of what you should have.
A watermaker could be good but they sometimes pose other issues (clogged filters, power consumption).
Supplementing water tankage with flexible Vetus tanks is an option. Fuel may not need as much additional tankage if you are smart with planning electrical power consumption. Adding solar and wind generation should definitely be in your plans. An autopilot is probably your biggest power hog. A self steering wind vane would be the most efficient.
Having radar isn't absolutely essential for making the trip. AIS B would be a good addition.
It sounds like an interesting project. Pay a premium for the best surveyor you can find.
Last edited by wunhunglo; 04-20-2010 at 02:31 PM.