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1987 Morgan 41

Looking at a Morgan 41 classic 1987 vintage. Anyone out there own one, or have any comments on the sailing performance? Am looking for a coastal cruiser and possibly someday bluewater. This boat seems to fit most of my criteria, just have never owned or sailed one. I know they were built for the charter business. Any suggestions on boats like this one?
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Was this the Morgan with the bathtub in it? I think it might have been an earlier model, if I'm not mistaken.
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No, no tub. Center cockpit with aft berth. 2 heads fore and aft. I have been all over the map with a boat. Started looking at motorsailors, decided not for me. Want a true cruiser that I can spend the next several years aboard. The Morgan is really a very nice layout and very roomy with a 13+ beam. I want to purchase something within the next few months and want to stay at the top.$70,000. Will live aboard and get to know the boat for 6 months and then do some coastal cruising. I am on the west coast, so it will be Mexico, (unless I buy something on the East coast) Then possibly some bluewater..........one step at a time. New at this, but serious and I have been lurking in the shadows for some time now here at sailnet. Find this to be an absolutely wonderful forum and feel priveleged to be able to get information from some of you "old salts" out there....Thank You!! By the way I am 54 years old and this is my last chance here, so need to do it right Thanks, all
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A few months back I rafted to a Morgan 41 ketch. It was a bit older, maybe a 1980 or so. I had a few drinks with the captain and his wife who'd taken her throughout the Carib, through the Panama Canal, and at the time were on their way to the Bahamas. The guy knew his ****. What I'm giving you is probably the worst kind of endorsement, but this guy was so impressive that I would have slapped down seventy big ones on whatever he told me to. That said, there are a bunch of boats out there. And you're right -- you don't want to screw it up. Good luck, Captain.
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A 70k morgan 41 will cost you a lot of money to fix!
Definitely a COASTAL not bluewater boat but fine for a trip to Mexico. Performance under sail is not great but not bad either but living aboard space can't be beat.
Many of these boats were in charted and were abused pretty well so be sure to get a comprehensive survey and engine evaluation.
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morgan 41 bluewater

Thanks for the replies. It seems as though I need some education here. I thought the Morgan was O.K. for bluewater. My criteria........relatively heavy displacement 23500, ballast 8500 cutaway full keel and skeg hung rudder. plenty of water and fuel. Is it just the sailing performance, or what? Or, am I just way off base all the way around as to what would make a bluewater? Don't know for sure if I will ever bluewater, but would like to know I have a boat that could if I ever decided to do so. And, if this boat is not one that would do that, any suggestions on other boats in the same basic category that may fit the bill? Thanks!
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P.S. on Morgan 41

By the way, the boat appears to be in xlnt condition, has all the electronics, it is on the west coast, so may not have been charter, I will see if I can find this out. All a mute point I guess if it will not be suited for what I need. Thanks.
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