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I am the liveaboard owner of a Morgan 33 OI.
The boat is very strong, stable and built to last. They are not full of "glitzy bangles" and "opulent upholstery", so if you are looking for that the Morgan OI''s are not for you.
My boat is 25 years old, have had to fix a few small leaks since I bought it, previous owner apparently was not a PM type. Thus far I have not had to do anything major except replace my air conditioning. The original unit went out...manufacurers out of business so no part available...so I installed a new Mermaid 16.5K BTU AC/Heat unit this week.
I personally beleive that the boats are more sound than others would have you believe, otherwise why would most Morgan OI''s sell for more today than they did when they were brand new? Like any seagoing boat they require work and upkeep. I have no reservations about taking my boat out in coastal waters or blue water. I frankly find her to be more stable than many other boats and handles rough seas without a problem.
If you can find a Morgan 41'' for sale, go look at it, and if you like it and bind it on a contract, make a Survey with Sea Trial and Dry Survey contingencies for the completion of the contract. I would most assuredly have the boat surveyed...not just because of its age, but just on principle. I would have a 2 year old boat surveyed as well.
Good Luck and good hunting.