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Originally Posted by MikeGC
I purchased a Morgan 454 center board version one year ago and have been working on it to get it ready to sail. It is at the dock and I am now down to finishing some interior varnish and small chores to get the sails on the boat. I have not sailed the boat yet and would like to hear about your experiences.

I bought the WANDERING STAR in 1988. I was in the Chesepeake then and still working as a Firefighter in DC. I learned to sail in the Bay. I took her to Bermuda in 89. Had a beautiful sail, found the island (no gps back then), and had a vision of God's wrath on the way back. The boat will take a horrible pounding!
Left the Bay towing my dingy. A 25 foot Donzi cigarette boat. Went down the Inercoastal Waterway. After many experiences arrived in the Keys .
The boat is able to sail in the Bahamas with due dilligence to shallow water and coral reefs.
Have returned to the Bay several times but don't have to do the Intercoastal (the aluminum has a tendency to grow as you approach those bridges)
I have been in Margerita Island (Ven) with her for an extended stay. Had to do a single handed nonstop passage to the Bay it was long but uneventful.
I haven't done much to her. I installed an inverter 3000w Hart, increased her battery capacity (8 6v - 880A), put on a wind generator and basic electronics. The only thiing complicated was the battery bank. I removed the floor under the rear bunk, lowered it, and relocated the water heater to starboard. there is a battery with the long axis alond the starboard side, and then a row aft with a double row along the port side. The water heater is snugged up to the forward area of the new box area.
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