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Old 07-25-2001
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I have a Morgan 34 which was built in 1968. The cable on the centerboard was slack so I had the boat hauled. They discovered that the centerboard had broken. I was in rough weather two weeks ago but can''t believe that the bronze 260 pound centerboard would break. It is the original. I need help to find another centerboard or where would I go to get another new or used--pros and cons on new and used. Is it safe to sail without one.
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Ahoy, m34. Just a thought. Check around your area, yellow pages and such, and see if
there is a foundry in your area. Very often
there are small foundries about that we don''t know about. Ask them if they can recast with your metal and what they would
charge. It''s worth a shot.

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More often than not the pin fails rather then the board itself. The Morgan 34 pointed quite nicely for a boat of that era with the board down. They don''t go to windward worth a darn without a centerboard. I remember cutting a mudflat in a Morgan 34 (might have been a 30 since I raced on each in those days.) The board touched so we pulled it up and proceeded to slide sidewards right out into the current (and the boat ahead''s lee)that we were trying to stay out of.

The board also represented a little of the ballast. The board was probably bronze plate and would need to be cut to shape. I would contact Charlie Morgan in St. Petersberg Fla and see if he has the drawings for that centerboard. It might be covered by insurance since it was lost in heavy weather through an unknown means.

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I think Charlie Morgan can be reached through Morgan''s Landing (800) 922-4887, (fax) (727) 894-8983.

Jeff
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JeffH: Do they allow permanent live aboards
at Morgan''s? Live aboard marinas are getting
scarce as hen''s teeth. Buzzard''s Roost where
I lived aboard in Charleston has quit. Only
those already there can stay and when they are gone its over there, too. It just isn''t
right the way they treat boat people any more.

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correction: "where I lived (past tense) aboard..."
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I have no idea whether Morgan''s Landing allows live aboards since I now live in Annapolis, Maryland. Sorry.
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Sorry, Jeff. Didn''t know where you lived.
Thought maybe you knew the guy.

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To anser your question,no Morgan''s landing does not have slips available except for boats they are selling. It is ran by Sally
Morgan. They are very nice folks.
My 34 has a fiberglass board which according to practical sailor is preferd. It may not be as hard to have someone make you a glass board.
I sail my 34 Morgan off the east coast of fl.and I haven''t noticed much difference board up or down.
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i ran into tigger in bermuda . a tartan 37 that had made a circumnavigation. when i started to ask them about centerboard maintenance ( i had a problem with mine) they said they also had a problem with thirs so they glassed the centerboard well closed. well i guess if you can sail around the world that way what can you say?
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