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If your good a joinery, buy the boat. Morgan's are hated by all except for those of us that have been in major storms with them. We just sold Bellamar a '89 Classic in absolutely premium condition. The boat sailed to Cuba, around Cuba, down to Grenada and up and down another 5 times. We rounded capes, sailed off shore for up to 4 days, encountered tropical depressions to numerous to count and two Hurricanes (Dennis and Emily) The boat was in St. David's Grenada and never budged in 110 knots as the eye approached.
I showered off-shore with almost unlimited water, motorsailed around Cabo Beatta when the wind was from two directions and the sea from three. Morgan's are sound boats, with great lay-outs and tankage. There is however very little stowage on deck. We loved the boat and now miss her. We have Beneteau 400, nice, easy to handle but I don't know about how she would have handle Cabo Corrientes, Beatta, Mona (3 times) and the of course Dennis and Emily.
Look for something that fits your short list. If you can cobble together a great interior in the few years that you prepare for the voyage, the Morgan will serve you well. I think however, the price of the one that you are looking at is 5K more than what I would pay, and the first thing that I would get rid of is the propane tank below. Set your criteria and follow it. If a gutted boat doesn't scare, the Morgan brand certainly shouldn't either.