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Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

One more thing.

Why do we call our boats 'Starret & Jenks 45's?' They are Morgan's design. Made from his molds.

Do we call a book 'Romeo & Juliet' by Houghton Mifflin?"

It is Shakespeares's Romeo & Juliet, irrespective of who printed and bound it.

So I like to think of ours as a Morgan 45, built by (whomever.)

And on that score, has anyone (other than Jeff H) any concrete evidence that the S&J hulls were built to any lesser standards than the original Morgans?

Granted that many (all, perhaps?) were finished by the buyer and some sloppy work is out there, even keels poured with who knows what, but that could have happened to Morgan as well as S&J hulls.

Jeff's story of one with a concrete keel sounds suspicious to me on these ground: the density of concrete, stuffed with iron scrap is only about 3 (maybe 4) g/cc compared to lead at 11.3. A Morgan 45 with a crap keel like he describes would have only about 4,000 lb of ballast and my estimation is that if launched she would float on her bilge at an angle of about 60 degrees.
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