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Re: Morgan 416 early 80s. Opinions / information??
I've been living aboard and cruising Morgan OI's since 1973. My current Morgan 413 has been our home for the past 29 years. Your 416 has some differences from my 1973 413 ketch, but much is the same. All makes of boats seem to have issues that are unique to the manufacturer. Some of the issues that have been common problems with the Morgan Out Islands are the following: (not necessarily a potential problem with your 416, but worth a look) 1. Port/starboard rudder delamination - many have been refit with a fiberglass tabbing at the seam 2. Corrosion at mast step - many have refit the step with a barrier between the steel and aluminum 3. Romex wiring - many Morgans had solid Romex household wiring that is not approved for marine use - maybe not in the 416 produced later 4. Stem fitting back up plate - some have shown a corrosion of the back up plate in the anchor locker and/or some hull deck separation here - many have extended the stress of the forestay to a stainless stemhead through the bow at the hull and not just to the deck above the anchor locker. 5. Water intrusion in balsa cored decks - refit core at soft spots 6. corrosion of original steel fuel tanks 7. leaks from stress cracks in plastic water tanks
Send me a PM with any specific questions or post them here. The greatest improvement, in my opinion, that came with the 416 over the 413 is your hull deck joint being up at the toe rail instead of the rubrail where it is vulneable to damage and leaks.
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