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Re: Morgan 38's and 42's .... or ???

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I would want that full keel for the added stability and solid tracking advantage it seems to offer. All the rest of the stuff I agree. I have a Morgan 33 Out Island with a full keel, huge amount of room, both interior and cockpit, sails like a dream, tracks like it has autopilot, and rarely heels more than 15 degrees in 25 knot winds on a beam reach.
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Gary,

Just for the record, a full keel does not inherently offer a bit of added stability. And a full keel does not necessarily result in 'solid tracking'. From a design standpoint the reason that a full keel is no longer seen as the ideal cruising keel has to do with the problem with being able to produce enough stability to allow the boat to stand up to an efficient sailplan that is powerful enough to overcome the increased drag from the keel. There are work arounds but they come at a price in terms of some mix being harder to handle, especially in changing conditions, or less carrying capacity.

The reason that your boat does not heel much is that it has an exceptionally wide beam and therefore a lot of form stability, and very little sail area (SA/D less than 14) for its weight and drag. As a result your heel angle that has nothing to do with the shape of your keel. You would actually heel less if you had less drag.

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Re: Morgan 38's and 42's .... or ???

while true

almost all real full keelers track much better than a narrow long fin and spade, but it has more to do with the rudder than anything

certain points of sail make this abundantly clear when comparing boats

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Re: Morgan 38's and 42's .... or ???

Ericson 38 & 38-200, C&C Landfall 38/42, Brewer 44, Pearson 424, Endeavour 42, Cal 39 are some comparable boats that come to mind. We started out thinking the Morgan 384 would be perfect for us – and on paper it mostly is – but we ultimately ended up preferring a more modern design for several reasons. We also said we’d never get in-mast furling but now have it and love it.
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Re: Morgan 38's and 42's .... or ???

The only negative thing I can think of about that Morgan full keel is it doesn't back up worth a damned. It prop walks in both directions, depending upon the day of the week. However, one of the other great benefits of that full keel is you virtually cannot snag a crab pot or lobster pot float even if you run right over it. I've hit thousands while sailing at night in Chesapeake Bay and never, ever snagged one - not one! When I had my Catalina 27 with a fin keel, I snagged one every night I sailed after dark. I not only snagged them with the keel, but also the rudder and prop. Other than that, the Catalina 27 was a great boat for someone sailing singlehanded, it responded well to minor changes in sail settings, and it really came up tight into the wind, much tighter than the Morgan with a full keel. So, yes there are some benefits there as well, depends upon what you are looking for in the way of benefits.

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Re: Morgan 38's and 42's .... or ???

The longer 'fin' keel of a Kelley Peterson 44 looks like as close to a 'full keel' as I'd want to go. The KP44 seems to have reportedly very good performance under sail and is at the upper limit of what I'm looking for. Great looking boat for a center cockpit!

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Re: Morgan 38's and 42's .... or ???

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The only negative thing I can think of about that Morgan full keel is.............
Maybe trivial to some, but as a bit of correction, I'd like to point out that the Morgan OI, like Gary's, does not actually have a full keel. It is a "modified" full keel or described as a cutaway forefoot. This does not change anyone's observations about the boat as posted above.
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