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twelliott 08-10-2012 07:51 AM

New Morgan owner
I am a new owner of a 1970 35' Morgan, hull # U59. Located in the Hampton Roads area. I have 2 questions:
1) What is the design hull speed?
2) What would be the design heeling angle?

SeaQuinn 08-10-2012 08:52 AM

re: New Morgan owner
congratulations! I don't know the answers to your questions....but someone else will probably pipe in with those. Just wanted to congratulate you on your new boat!

twelliott 08-10-2012 12:59 PM

re: New Morgan owner
Thank you.

sea_hunter 08-10-2012 04:52 PM

Probably 8 knots
Probably 5*

oysterman23 08-10-2012 09:14 PM

re: New Morgan owner
Congrats on your "new" morgan....they are nice boats and I recently acquired a M24 a couple months ago.

There is quite abit of useful information on a website by another owner of a M24 if you enter "morgan 24" in Google it will take you to the Morgan site and the first section is "Morgan information" of the like. in there are specs, centerboard diagrams, rudder and tiller specs and a good article on the general characteristics of the early Morgan boats in heavier conditions (wind and or water) I beleive the title of the file is "Heavy Weather Sailing in your Morgan" or some such,

Do not be put off by any specifics re M24 or M 30 etc...there are alot of specs in the files which are general to several different models and this is explained where appropriate in the material.
Incidentally your hull speed is likely 7-8 kts as the 24 can easily achieve 6.*

Incidentally do not know if yours has any of those aluminum cleats but if so they respond very nicely to a gentle buffing. I am just beginning to restore my topsides and it is proving abit easier than I expected.
Have fun!

oysterman23 08-10-2012 09:16 PM

re: New Morgan owner
ps there is an Active Morgan owners spot on Facebook where you can get quite abit of direct input from other Morgan owners... Morgan Yachts

morganbill 08-11-2012 03:29 PM

re: New Morgan owner
I have had a Morgan 35 for over 6 years and love the boat.

Theoritical Max Boat Speed = 1.34 x the square root of the waterline length (27.6 feet) = 7.04 knots

Design Heeling Angle: Lean as far as you feel comfortable. A little heel is good, an excessive heel is uncomfortable and will start to slow you down. I max out whne I can look over the windward side and can see the centerboard under the boat. Your call. I sail in Southern California and when going to Catalina in the afternoon, the wind is typically 15-20 knots and I sail a close reach with a reefed main and a 135 Genny with the centerboard down and make 6-6.5 knots without too much bashing. Sailing home with the same breeze is a beam reach with a full main and the centerboard up and average over 7 knots and hit over 8 knots with a little surfing. Boat handles it very well.

I get a kick at taking out people new to sailing and watching their reactions to the boat heeling over. "Is is supposed to lean this much?" I assure them the boat will not tip over. I have a tall rig with a 13'-6" boom. Most 35''s have a 15-foot boom. I know the boat well so if you have any questions, please ask.

BTW You can get most of your boat data at is the worlds largest sailboat database.

Morgan Bill

twelliott 08-24-2012 06:35 AM

re: New Morgan owner
Thank you
I would have thought that the speed would have been around 6, and the angel would be around 10 deg.
I appreciate the information.

twelliott 08-24-2012 06:42 AM

re: New Morgan owner
Thank you for the information.
I will be checking out the sights you mentioned.
I to have a lot of work to do this winter on the boat.

twelliott 08-24-2012 06:57 AM

re: New Morgan owner
I appreciate the information.
It sounds like you enjoy the waters of S. California. I have been sailing Chesapeake Bay off and on for more than 40 years, and still enjoy it.
I use to teach sailing, and am very familiar with the excitement of land-lovers when the boat starts to heel.
Have fun.

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