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post #41 of 47 Old 02-27-2014
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Re: nelson Marek 45 owners Any out there?

HI Gang! I am about to purchase a 454 and am concerned that there are a variety of views as to the sailing quality of this boat. I know she is sturdy but is she fun to sail? Any recounts of your experiences would be greatly appreciated. I will sail the Great Lakes this summer and head for the Bahamas the following year if all goes well.
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Hi...I have just purchased a 1983 NM 45 that is in average condition. I have read older threads and comments as research, and most of it is positive, and it seems that it is a decent boat. i certainly like the accommodations below with the 2 queen berths forward & aft.
seems that she sails well and is fast. Apparently rolly downwind without a spinnaker.
As i just purchased mine this week, i have not yet sailed her, and need help.
Issue #1 :I need some info on the centerboard : mine has lost its cable and i wonder if it is replaceable and how. Any info on the centerboard would help a lot.
Issue #2 :I have a hood in-mast mainsail and do not know how to roll it in. I think there is a motor somewhere, but cannot find it or the switch??
Good luck with your boat and enjoy it!!
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Re: nelson Marek 45 owners Any out there?

Hey bern, I can't help you on your question - but I can tell you I'm envious. I bought a 1989 Hunter 40. And one of the reasons is that it resembles the NM 45 in many ways, including an after centerline queen berth.

Get pics up when you can. I'd love to see it. Congrats!
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Bernache, hoping you have fixed your problems with your new boat and sailing her now. Please let us know how you fixed your problems. I have experience with the centerboard on a Irwin 39 and may be able to help.
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Re: nelson Marek 45 owners Any out there?

Hello all,
New 1984 Morgan 454 owner here and I would like to revive this thread to ensure others can stumble upon it as I did. I'm located in Deale, MD area and cruise on the Chesapeake Bay and would like to meet other 454 owners to see what you've done with your boat and let you check mine out as well. HMS Dreadnought is a pretty well equipped boat but I have many questions for the 454 veterans. Even though she is in overall great shape, she seems to have been a bit of a slip queen and needs some work.

On my immediate list is to get my genset back up and running and I too need to perform some centerboard work on the rope/cable since the board will stick in the down position. I'm also very curious to see what bimini/dodger setups you guys have since mine is comically small from being a FL boat before I bought her. I've even considered going as far as installing a beffy bimini system and moving the traveller overhead as well similiar to how the newer Hunters are setup....any thoughts on this from the group?

Anyway, glad to know others are out there and look forward to picking each other's brains. Thanks,

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Re: nelson Marek 45 owners Any out there?

Hello All,

I purchased my 1984 Morgan Nelson Marek 454 about 4 years ago and have been in love ever since. She really is a great boat. Its what I would call a "poor mans" Swan. The boat is a fast cruiser, very comfortable interior, and capable passage maker. I have set up my boat to single hand and have sailed her along the coast single handed. I do have auto-pilot and power winches so that helps a lot. I dont bother with a 150 and find the 135 is plenty sail for regular sailing. The boat sail very easily up to 15 kts and then needs a single reef to keep the boat balanced. It sails in the groove upwind at 20 deg of heel. A second reef only needed when winds exceed 25 kts. I have sailed her in the Atlantic in 30 kts of wind and had a blast. The boat pounds a little bit upwind in steep swell but nothing that will shake your fillings out. The boat regular sails at 8 kts+. For downwind sailing, I have ditched the symmetrical spinnaker and use a downwind asymmetrical spinnaker with snuffer, which works well in winds less than 15 kts. Any more and I just use the jib and whisker pole. The asym also works decent up to about 115 - 120 deg of AWA.

This boat has amazing amount of tankage: 200 gal of water, and 100 gal of fuel. Plenty for almost any passage. I do want to add a water maker eventually so we dont have to do much rationing when on long passages.

The downside of this boat is that it came with an incredibly undersized engine. Its a Universal M40, which really only puts out around 36HP. For a boat that is around 25k lbs loaded up, that's is way too little. We do want to replace it with a 60HP Beta/Universal down the road. I think this engine was chosen for the N/M 45 racing model where this engine would work great. But to save money, they put it in ALL the models, even the cruising versions.

If you have ANY questions about this boat, please feel free to contact me: svzara454 (at) gmail (dot) com.

(before adding bimini)

1984 Morgan N/M 454 - "Zara"
Boston, Las Vegas, Maui
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Re: nelson Marek 45 owners Any out there?

Anyone have any updated comments about the NM Morgan 45-4. I am considering a 1983. Wondering about the mast issue.
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