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Re: Morgan 33 Keel Sloop '69
Not much action over here.... that is for sure! Averaging 1 reply per year in my case anyway! Well I guess that gives me plenty of time to keep sailing the boat and gathering info for the occasional question. Yes, I had researched and discovered that same stuff about the boat being designed right before the rule changes, this seems to be the reason not a lot were built. Encapsulated lead hull, yes. My first thoughts to somebody buying the boat? Definitely solid built, thick fiberglass, no soft deck issues. A former owner had an extra post mounted in the head under the mast for support, I believe the cabin top must have been sagging under the mast, not a problem for me now but I would check on any boat that old I suppose for that problem. The boat is narrow and heals early and a lot. Also gets weather helm early as the wind builds - both of these factors demand reefing the sails pretty early (although I think some better sails and some mast rake would probably help too). These sailing characteristics are not a problem with the boat I don't think, but you need to be prepared for them. Some models also have an extra trim tab on the keel which I have been told didn't do a whole lot for performance, mine was glassed in so I don't have personal knowledge of that. My SoCal PHRF rating is a 168 so that would give you an idea of the speed of the boat, I don't have good sails for racing but I average 5-6 knts upwind and if it is blowing good can get downwind in the 6-8knt range. Boat always feels solid in rough seas, very good at pointing to weather, always feel confident in a blow. Anything else just ask!
Regards from the Salty Goat - Oxnard, CA