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2 Weeks Ago 03:09 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Originally Posted by Popeye21 View Post
My serial number is SJK003850889 and it's a 1989 manufacture. IF, and I say IF the 889 means August 1989, then I would guess my hull would #385, which is only 2 off of yours?
HIN convention changed in 1984.

889 means that it was built in 1988 as a 1989 model. Similar to buying a new 2016 car in the fall of 2015.

Here is a decoder:

HIN Search User Guide

What is interesting about your HIN is that the position of the O is supposed to indicate the month in 1988 that it was built but 0 is not actually used to designate a month. Have you verified the HIN on the exterior and interior?

Any way it is a C?
3 Weeks Ago 01:02 AM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Well, the mast rebuild project continues. John Koon from Honolulu came over to Kauai to check out the mast and help get it off the boat. Larry from Island Crane brought his 20 ton crane down to the harbor at Nawiliwili to do the heavy lifting. After removing the lower portion of the bulkhead on the starboard side of the mast "closet", I was able to slowly remove four s/s hex head bolts holding the mast to the mast step. BTW, Johns's opinion was that this is completely unnecessary.

John went up in the chair to strap the upper sections together while I got the remaining side shrouds loosened. Once all was prepared, we hooked on the crane and began to lift. First time, the boat rose up with the mast. We lowered again, took a rubber mallet and gave a dozen sacks to to base of the mast and again began lifting with the crane. This time, after a few seconds of holding the strain, the mast popped free and was slowly hauled up and off the boat.

We then proceeded to take off as much hardware as was possible prior to shipping both sections to Johns's shop on Oahu for repair. Repair will basically consist of : removing about 12" of mast above and below the tear, 2-3" at the mast base due to corrosion, new spreader tips, new spreader base plates, and new mechanical eyes at the lower ends of all the stays (with the exception of the forestay, where the upper eye will be replaced) due to the aforementioned mast being shortened by approx. 15" total.

Johns's flexibleness is making it all possible. Everyone recognizes him is the best,most exacting rigger around. I feel that when the rig goes back up sometime after winter it'll be as strong as can be. Looking forward to JuJu and I continuing our travels throughout the South Pacific soon thereafter!
10-23-2015 01:25 AM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Got a call from RigRite today. They requested me to send them the outside dimensions of the mast section. Believe they may have something to help repair mine. Perhaps an internal sleeve? We'll see what response I get after I send info and photos.
10-20-2015 05:44 PM
Kusuru Thanks,Jeff. I was able to get ahold of Dave Johnson at Island Nautical, old JSI. Sending him photos in hopes of getting some help from him about how to proceed. He said that the Morgan Yard purchased some mast sections and made others in-house. My fore-aft dimension is about 9-1/2". This is greater than the section listed under Kenyon's masts, BTW. So, perhaps my mast was made in-house by the Morgan Yard. The adventure continues.
10-20-2015 02:29 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Kenyon was one of the main suppliers of mast extrusions in the U.S. for several decades and at one time claimed to be the largest supplier of OEM spars in the U.S. I am not sure whether they are still in business but Kenyon spars can be purchased through Rigrite:

10-20-2015 02:40 AM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Aloha, Mick. Thanks for that mast info. It's a place to start. Never heard of Kenyon but I'll start researching. Made in America I suppose. Also, an earlier post from a Morgan 33 owner(?) mentioned a JSI outfit that had a rigging man who had previously worked for an outfit that supplied the masts for some of the Morgan yachts. Calling them is on my list of leads to suss out! Thanks, again. I'll be doing future posts about the repair and stepping here in Paradise. It may help others in the future. Have spoken with a local crane op. Next is where to do the sleeve work. On the boat at anchor or in the "work area" at the harbor or down the street at the Yacht Club! Lots to contemplate.
10-18-2015 05:11 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions


Not sure if it will help but the mast on Mysti is a Kenyon with a SN of KB4229. That's all the info that was on the plate. I know that Mysti was owner finished and he may not have used the standard mast.

Best of luck,

10-14-2015 12:12 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions


Mysti still has the plate on the mast so I'll check it when I'm next aboard. Not sure if it will be the same but it will be a place to start. What gave way that caused this catastrophe? Glad no one got hurt. Time to climb my mast and have a look at the connections.
Yes I'm still planning a trip but it will be a year from now.

10-09-2015 06:59 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Hi, Mick. Have been very lax with my online community. Guess it's that I'm on Hawaii time. Let me know if you're still prepping for the voyage and we can discuss items I brought along or would have now that I'm here. Had the boat up on the north shore of Kauai for this summer. Can't stay at Hanalei Bay for the winter. Big northerly swells make it impossible for boats but ideal for surfing at all levels. Nawiliwili is a snug harbor for wintering on Kauai so I left past Tuesday to have a leisurely sail with my lady friend Ina around the Na Pali side all the way to Nawiliwili. All was fine up until the couple of miles. We had been motor sailing with reefer main and genny for a few hours in 20 kt winds and 6-9 ft swells. A little wet but nothing scary at all. Exciting actually. Very proud of how she was handling the conditions. We tacked over to bring the breeze onto the starboard side in order to make our last run up the coast to the harbor when BANG and down swings the upper half of the mast like a closing switchblade knife. Long story short. All is well...and I'm wanting to find out who made the masts so that I can get a sleeve insert. May have to start a new forum about this, but gotta start somewhere. Hopefully the OR 45'ers will respond!
07-14-2015 01:53 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions


You mentioned in an earlier post that you were frantically making the boat ready for an offshore passage and now it seems you did in fact succeed with that. Congratulations on your trip to HI. 21 days seems a good time based on other accounts I've read but I want to check the distance to get an idea of your daily run's.

As I'm preparing Mysti for an offshore passage I would like to know what you added to JUJU in preparation for the trip. Also what you wished you had added and maybe what you added that turned out to be not so important. I've got a wish list that is longer than my bank account so I'm trying to prioritize. The top items are a wind vane steering unit, an autopilot, a SSB radio and more solar. I'm in the process of building a auxiliary rudder steering vane that is not going to look very pretty but should do the job. What autopilot do you have on JUJU? Any recommendations will be appreciated. (Oh; forgot about the #1 item on my list: life raft.)

Yours is the second OR45 that I know has crossed the Pacific. I communicated with a couple a few years ago that bought one in Florida and sailed it home to Australia via the Panama Canal and the coconut milk run. They had no complaints about the offshore performance.

Note: Just for info to all, Charley Morgan refers to this design as the OR45 (Ocean Racer 45). Boats are typically referenced to there designer and not the builder. I met him briefly last year and he said he had fond memories of the design but I didn't get but a brief minute with him.

Attention: Serial Number questions. I do believe that every manufacturer is issued a 3 letter code for their name so the SJK in the serial number is just that; a code for them issued by DOT.

Best to all, Mick s/v Mysti
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