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Any opinions on a Morgan 44 Nelson/Merek??

I came across a fairly clean example of this boat and thought it could serve as a good livaboard-cruiser for the money. I wouldn't be crossing oceans, but would coastal cruise with trips along the Caribbean chain.
The one down-side that I see right away is that not all bulkheads are tabbed to the cabintop. But I haven't researched much yet, I just found her...so......
Let me know pros/cons......Thanks, Tom
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Hi Tom,

My husband & I have been looking at the 44 and the older 43 for a liveaboard. We've heard good things all around about them. There is a Morgan owner's forum here on SailNet and also a Yahoo group. There is a great guy that goes by CaptRon who owns a 44 that was very helpful. From what we've heard they sail well, and we thought it was a comfortable boat, lots of volume for a boat that purportedly sails well. Good luck!
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Thanks Pam....I'll have to search out CaptRon.
I know this era Morgan is built by Catalina, so I was concerned about construction quality for a dedicated cruising boat....no offense C.D.
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I also don't know if it's worth giving up my Tartan 37 after all the work I've done on her....I got her just about right. Plus I'm spoiled by the sailing ability of the T-37. Of course, the extra space would be pretty sweet.....
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Ehmanta please accept this as my opinion and I know you didnt ask for it but , dont give up a T 37 for a Morgan , that extra space is going to loose its appeal when you loose the perfomance your beautiful Tartan is giving you. Besides why would you trade a go anywhare boat for a dock condo . Just my opinion as a prior Morgan owner .

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Thanks Paul for your candid reply...I've been having the same thoughts. The Tartan has been my pride and joy for the last twelve years and it would be quite difficult to replace her; however, the downside to the Tartan is a lack of a seperate shower for a livaboard (although workable) and the v-berth is high off of the floor making it more difficult to get in and out of as the older my wife and I get. Apart from that, I am very happy keeping the Tartan.
The Morgan offers nice accomodations for not a lot of money and it got me thinking....
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More on the Morgan 44

I've had my M-44 for over 2 years and have researched it pretty well.
It's a very comfortable and fast boat in medium through heavy winds!
Anyone having questions feel free to call me at 813/685-8737.
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