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Morgan 34 info
Hi Chad: I got a kind of generic operators manual that I got from Morgan back in 78 when I bought the boat. There is some information relating specificly to the M34 which you might find interesting. Also I have a writup on what I have done to Sans Souci in the years I have owned her. I'll try to attach that here. If it get boring, hit the delete key!Classic Plastic
In 1978 I was looking for a sailboat to upgrade from my then current boat, a San Juan 26. I first considered a new Catalina 30, priced it out, but before signing, thought I should see what was available in used sailboats. The first option was a fairly tired Person Alberg and then I saw a 1967 Morgan 34. It wasnít tired, it looked drop dead gorgeous and I bought it. Itís a love affair that is still going strong after 30 years. In fact it has lasted considerably longer than my first marriage!
Judy and I have spent a lot of enjoyable time aboard San Souci in the 26 years we have been married including five years of living aboard. Our travels have included all the great lakes except Superior, the Trent Severn, Erie Canal, Hudson, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee rivers, Ten Tom Bigbee waterway, the Bahamas, and the islands down to Trinidad. For us itís been a comfortable, dependable, (except for the Atomic Four) and beautiful home away from home.
In the course of thirty odd years we have made a number of modifications to make her more comfortable, reliable or prettier. Let me mention a few:
Probably the most time consuming one was redoing the interior, The original consisted of a lot of pretty ugly wood grain Formica. Over the course of several winters I covered the bulkheads with ľĒ teak plywood and replaced the plastic welting with white fender welting. White Formica was installed on the sides of the main salon to brighten it up and to finish it off we varnished all the interior wood. The icebox which was large enough for a child to sleep in didnít seem to have much insulation so we cut it out, glassed in four inches of foam, and installed Adler Barbour refrigeration. Under the new smaller ice box I added a drawer. Under the dinette seat I installed a heater using engine water to keep the cabin warm on those chilly mornings up here. We bought a Shipmate kerosene stove ,added a air pump to pressurize it and eventually found a pneumatic control valve to automatically maintain the correct pressure. In the head we added a shower head with a hose along the mast so we can take a sun shower inside when itís cold or a crowded anchorage.
To find a place to hang the radar, wind generator, TV antenna, and alarm, I added a mizzen mast which was a option on the original design. That necessated moving the traveler into the cockpit which then lead to removing four feet from the boom to have room for a bimini and three large solar panels. Also in the cockpit I brought the engine controls out of the port lazarette, installed a Edison wheel and a curved helmsmanís seat with storage underneath. Speaking of engines, in St Martin, West Indies, the Atomic Four finally died. We replaced it with a Yanmar 3GM which was a difficult installation but the single best improvement from a reliability viewpoint. Also in St Martin we met the couple who own Charlie Morganís first boat ďPaper TigerĒ, itís a duplicate of ours, just a little longer.
The port quarter berth was replaced with a aft facing nav station which contains the radio, GPS, battery monitor, and all switches. Behind the nav station are two large six volt batteries to run the reefer and there is even room for our folding bikes. The starboard one was raised 12Ē for more storage underneath including a drawer and flexible water tank. The sliding door was replaced with a folding one and the pocket where it resided was converted to a series of vertical shelves for chart storage. Speaking of shelves, I added one above the existing one on the port side for storage of books and veggiesí . We obtained better ventilation with Beckson opening ports and added a midship hatch, another option originally. Thereís a hinged screen door in the companionway with a sliding screen under the hatch. Over that is a dodger with a zippered canvas from it to the bimini.
In Trinidad we had a bowsprit fabricated which provides space for two anchors and allowed the forestay to be moved 18 inches forward and that in conjunction with a Sea Tiger windlass and a deck wash pump make anchoring a relative breeze. A Ray Marine autopilot and Monitor wind vane make steering a lot easier although with the fluky winds of Lake Michigan the Monitor is mostly used as a very expensive boarding ladder!
So there you have it. Probably more than you ever wanted to know about our baby. I may be prejudiced but I think itís the best looking boat in