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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!
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Re: Morgan 33 Keel Sloop '69

Glad ti find the keel is encapsulated,a plus for an older boat in my opinion, thanks. Rich
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Re: Morgan 33 Keel Sloop '69

Hi! I have a a '69 Morgan 33 (not OI) and it is up in the Sierra (CA), waiting for me to dedicate a fair amount of time to redoing its interior. There is lots of really nice stuff on it (hardware). But I was wondering how seaworthy she might be? I also have a Southern Cross 28 cutter that seems quite sturdy, and I want to put my efforts into the better blue water boat. Do you have any thoughts about the suitability of the M33 for blue water long-distance sailing? Thanks so much - Anders
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Re: Morgan 33 Keel Sloop '69

Andersbro,
Welcome to Sailnut! It might be better if you posted your question in a new thread. Swann's Island = Maine paradise.
Nothing against the Morgan but I believe that the Southern Cross has a pretty good reputation.

M 33' folks.
You mentioned the 'trim tab' on the M 33' hull. I am curious about that. From the diagram: MORGAN 33 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
the boat sports a spade rudder but it looks like it has a small panel at the trailing edge of the keel that might be adjustable. Is this the 'trim tab'?
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Re: Morgan 33 Keel Sloop '69

Hi Caleb,
Thanks for the input and suggestion. NOw lets see if I can figure out how to start a new thread!
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