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Hello: Considering moving forward on a 1966 Morgan 34 and am wondering if the Morgan community on Sailnet could give me their thoughts on this boat...

According to the owner, this was Charley Morgan's boat and he had designed it for himself for cruising (don't know if that's true or not). It has a split galley (to both port/starboard), no quarterberths in the stern (it's all storage in the stern and has stern locker), but two pilot berths in the main cabin along with a v-berth.

Atomic 4, been sitting on the hard for 3 years, tiller, hank-on sails, few if any electronics, and 20 gallons each for fuel and water.

My vision would be to get a survey to see if it's worth sinking money into..

questions are please:

1.) would this be a good cruising sailboat (at least coastal) for a family of four (son- age 8 and daughter and 10)?

2.) Anyone have any experience with Morgan 34s in terms of their sailing performance?

2.) Any big issues that I should be aware of, i.e. Atomic 4, centerboard, peculiarities of this make and model?

what are folks thoughts?

thanks in advance....
 

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price point

Hello:

thanks so much for your reply.

What price point would you think would be a fair price for the boat I just described?

Also, what do you think would be an outstanding deal on a '66 Morgan 34?

Kindly,

jason
 

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have fun out there in the Bay!

I think the vision is to sail out of the Great Lakes in a few years and down the coast to Florida. From there, I don't know..

Once I get some pics I'll email Charley (thanks for the link, by the way) and get his thoughts on the boat. Undoubtedly it will need some work. Any boat that sits on the hard will accumulate water so I'm worried about what kind of damage has been done to her while she's sitting.

I like the idea of my kids having a simple, safe boat to live aboard on for a year or two. You don't feel safe taking your boat out on the ocean? Not quite set up for it? Kids too little?
 

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I am doing a complete rebuild on a Morgan 34, same layout below as yours. Gutted to bare hull, new Yanmar diesel, new wiring, etc. It is for my daughter and her husband to sail to New Zealand from here (Hawaii).

It is a great classic design, safe offshore, perfect for a couple or a couple with one or two children.

I would be happy to share experiences with you via e-mail if that would be helpful.
 
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