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Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions
Good to hear from S&J 45 aficionados. We are re-building one in St Petersburg -- Salt Creek Marina where Charley Morgan had his office for many years. The S&J factory is just across the creek from here. The boat has been on the hard for most of her life so has no blisters or other problems and she is sound as a rock.
I heard from a local surveyor there that S&J actually bought (rescued) many of the original Morgan manufactured hulls which had been abandoned by their owners (a fairly common DIY occurence), trucked them back to S&J, rebranded and renumbered them and then sold them as S&J hulls. This guy knew Jenks personally and thought him something of a scoundrel who eventually did jail time. Or maybe its just another sea story. Any one else know anything about any of this?
In any event I also think she is a great boat. I have also heard that her proper designation, by Morgan, was Ocean Racer 45. Not to be confused with the Nelson-Marek 45, an entirely different animal, reversed transom and all.
We have removed the engine, lowered the salon floor in that area so its flush all the way for'd, filled the prop aperture and enlarged the rudder a bit -- original reports were that she was a bit squirrely down-wind.
Looking forward to hearing more from y'all.
K E Froeschner
Last edited by keforion; 06-25-2012 at 08:14 AM.