Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Bay of Islands New Zealand
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Re: The Morgan 43?
I’m not sure the differences between the Morgan 43 and the Morgan 44 but looking at the data on Sailboatdata.com, they’re seemingly pretty similar.
I have owned the latter for 12 years and have done extensive passages with her. She’s a solid seaworthy boat with a reasonable turn of speed (I budget 150nm a day on a passage and am rarely disappointed) and for the current price of a mid-eighties model, the accomodation is excellent. We have taken a severe beating in serious weather out at sea and the most stable element was the boat - she never faltered.
Just remember that most of these boats were built for the Caribbean charter market and are thus not that fully specced. I have done a lot of upgrades to mine over the years and will do a lot more offshore cruising over the next decade if my age/health permits. The age/health of the boat are not at all in question.
Also, when I got mine, the genoa cut was 100% and the boatspeed suffered a little. Now have 135% and the difference is significant.
The only con I have with mine and all other centre cockpit boats is that unless you have decent protection, the forward position of the cockpit can very wet and unpleasant in bad weather on the wind. We have a full enclosure that provides great protection from the elements and is in my view absolutely essential (see my avatar/profile pic).
Last edited by Cassidy; 06-15-2019 at 05:22 PM.