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A 5yr. plan to a cruising retirement
I know the Morgan OI 41. I am in general agreement with the others comments. I am hoping to take off in 2 years. I have been researching, searching and always looking at various models of boats for years. I have a similar purpose to you. Take a look at some of the mid to large Irwin''s. I like the 41 and 43. I bought a 43 mkIII. They are not without there problems (what boat is?). If you find one in good shape it is worth the money. They are center cockpits, very roomy, shoal draft (mine has a 4''11" wing keel) and the hulls are built well ... safe decks with high bulwarks. My 43 sails very well (7 knots with 16-18 knots apparent). It is substantial at 26,000 lb.s and has very adequate engine and tankage (66hp, 105 fuel, 180 water. I have never cared much for their smaller boats and almost let that get in the way of looking at their larger ones. The 41 is usually a ketch and a bit older, while the 43 is a sloop with a cutter option and a bit newer. Good luck - they''re all a trade off. Find what works for you!