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cognomen 12-01-2008 09:07 PM

Morgan 35 - Boom!
This is really a question of how to ease the outhaul on my somewhat modified but, I think, still mostly original boom on my Morgan classic 35.

Someone along the way (this is a 1971 model, hull #113) shortened the boom and converted it so that the main is sheeted over a traveller in the cockpit in front of the binnacle. I only realized recently that it used to be a roller-reefing boom. There is still a hex-fitting in the boom at the gooseneck that rolls the boom if you insert a short crank and rotate either way.

The outhaul is tightened by inserting the same hex-crank into another fitting near the gooseneck. It turns only one way, pulling a wire that tensions the outhaul. The problem is, there seems to be no way to release the tension, and in my experimenting, I managed to tighten the thing enough so that I need a short line now to attach the clew to the outhaul fitting on the aft end of the boom.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

morganbill 12-02-2008 12:03 AM

My Morgan 35 (Hull Number 116) was modified exactly the same way. Roller furling boom and the traveller in front of the wheel directly beneath the boom tip. The boom is 13-feet 6 inches. I will check my boom to see how it is released and get back to you. (I think there is a release button on the boom). I do not utilize the roller reefing. I have a tall rig and even with the short boom, I often reef the main to ease the weather helm and heel of the boat. It balances very nicely reefed this way in winds over 15 knots. I sail it mostly around Long Beach, CA.


CaptainForce 12-02-2008 10:23 AM

Hello Nick, My '73 Morgan has the same type of roller furling boom and out haul. My release button is on the under side of the boom aft of the gooseneck. My system is "frozen" in place now, adjusted to my use, and I'm not changing it; however, when I last had it operating the release button would pop out when I cranked and then the cable would slack when I pushed the button. 'good luck, Aythya crew

sailonct 12-03-2008 12:21 AM

I bought a 1971 Morgan 35' Mark II sloop hull 71 (tall rig) a month ago and am working to bring it back, was neglected the last decade but is sound overall. I don't believe it ever was set up with a roller furling boom. The boom extends to the end of the cockpit, which is also where the traveler is, between the end of the cockpit and the stern lazerette.

cognomen 12-03-2008 11:54 AM

Thanks, all! This is very helpful.
I'll try to post a picture this weekend, though it's all under a tarp now. There is a hole, or recessed tube just forward of where the crank attaches for the outhaul (near the gooseneck on starboard). It hadn't occurred to me that there might be a button down in there. I did try to see if a screwdriver caught anything.
I'll also check the bottom of the boom but don't recall seeing anything there.
Sounds like Brad's boat and mine are very similar and that sailonct has the original boom. I've still got the track for the traveller between the cockpit and lazerette.

boofus 12-11-2008 09:07 PM

Glad to hear about some morgan 35's out there, anyone know how many were built?

sailonct 12-11-2008 09:51 PM

Boofus, I have some limited information, you may already have. Since it's not relevant to this thread, drop me a private email and I'd be glad to share what I have.


cognomen 12-12-2008 08:50 AM

Update: There is a button on the bottom of the boom, near the gooseneck. First thing I'll try when the weather warms up. Thanks all!

Pcrevfl 12-31-2008 05:36 PM

Couldn't help but notice the reference to the "tall rig". I too have a Morgan 35. I bought it a couple of years ago and have just now been able to get to work on her. (It is currently in my back yard.) I am hoping to launch her sometime this spring. My boom is just like the others posted with the little button and roller furling boom. But, what's the difference between a regular rig and a "talll" rig? I have the original owners manual which I have scanned into a pdf. You can download it at But it I don't recall seeing any mention of a tall rig?

My boat is a 1971 - hull number 91

morganbill 01-01-2009 02:34 PM

Morgan 35 Tall Rig
I have the owners manual and it has the Tall Rig dimensions as:

I = 43.25
P = 38.25
E = 15.0

versus a standard rig of:
I = 40.75
J = 13.67
P = 35.83
E = 15.0

My boom has been shorten so the end of it is directly above the wheel pedestal, E is approximately 13'-6". I had new sails made and it measured out very close to the tall rig except for the foot of the main.


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