1976 Morgan 28OI any thoughts? - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 07-29-2003 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
1976 Morgan 28OI any thoughts?

I am looking at a 1976 Morgan OI. I see some real possibilities with this boat. The interior is dated and needs updating and the hull and deck could use a good cleaning and polish. She is in sail away condition save for the cosmetics. Any thoughts on making this my fist big boat? I want to do some offshore sailing Ft Lauderdale to Bahamas but mostly I plan to do ICW sailing between St. Augustine and Vero Beach down to the Keys. Should the Canopy mount mast vs a keel stepped mast concern me?
Tequiza Terri is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 07-30-2003
Jeff_H's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 7,506
Thanks: 12
Thanked 248 Times in 198 Posts
Rep Power: 10
1976 Morgan 28OI any thoughts?

The Morgan OI 28 of that era offered a lot of room for a cheap cost. This came at the price of poor build quality, poor motion comfort, and poor sailing ability. If you are not concerned with sailing ability or motion comfort, then the OI 28 might work for you.

You are talking about a 27 year old boat. If I were going to cross to the Bahamas in an OI 28, I would certainly want to upgrade a number of areas and make sure that the long term maintenance has been done. As is true of almost any boat that age, unless the prior owner has already done this work, you can expect to need to address some kind of combination of the following items:
Sails, chainplates, mast step and associated suporting structure, standing and running rigging that are beyond their useful lifespan,
an engine that is in need of rebuild or replacement,
worn out or out of date deck, galley, and head hardware,
Out of date safety gear
electronics that are non operational, or in need of updating,
electrical and plumbing systems that need repairs, upgrades to modern standards or replacement.
Blister, fatigue, rudder, hull deck joint, loose or rotted bulkheads, or deck coring problems
Keel bolt replacement (bolt on keel) or delamination of the hull from the ballast for a glassed in keel.

This of course is in addition to the probable need to replace worn out upholstery, and perhaps address a whole range of aesthetic issues. I would not work about changing the mast to a keel stepped spar, expecially if the standing rigging, chainplates, spreaders, mast step and support structure, and the associated hardware are in good shape.

One problem with inexpensive, poor sailing boats like these is that they are often purchased by inexperienced sailors who are under capitalized. As a result they do not always see the long term problems with the boat and if they do they don''t always have the money to repair them correctly.


Jeff_H is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 08-02-2003
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
1976 Morgan 28OI any thoughts?

If she''ll float-go sailing-by the time you get the "perfect"boat it may be too late.
dukemon68 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 08-04-2003
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
1976 Morgan 28OI any thoughts?

The IO 28''s offer a lot of room below, and if properly maintained, like all boats, will serve you well as a first boat.

I used to own one, and while she never set any speed records, she was sturdy, safe, strong and stable.

I disagree with the assessment that these boats were poorly built. Just ask any of the Morgan owners whose boats were built by Morgan Yachts what they think of their boats. I''m sure that you''ll get the "two thumbs up" from most of them.

Many boat purists don''t like the IOs because of the relatively high freeboard, and that criticism is often transferred into criticism of the boat''s sailing characteristics.

They''re a lot of boat when compared against others of that age and price range.

One Former, But Happy, IO28 Owner.

cgha33 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Morgan 35 Dave A Boat Review and Purchase Forum 14 1 Hour Ago 09:22 AM
Morgan 28OI prop Mule Living Aboard 0 08-22-2004 04:27 AM
1994 Morgan 45 CC FOR SALE k5esx Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 11-27-2003 10:31 AM
Tartan 37 vs Morgan 384 barefootsailing Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11 03-31-2003 03:27 AM
Morgan 33 (CCA) ricekrgr General Discussion (sailing related) 0 12-19-2002 09:41 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome