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This is really a question of how to ease the outhaul on my somewhat modified but, I think, still mostly original boom on my Morgan classic 35.

Someone along the way (this is a 1971 model, hull #113) shortened the boom and converted it so that the main is sheeted over a traveller in the cockpit in front of the binnacle. I only realized recently that it used to be a roller-reefing boom. There is still a hex-fitting in the boom at the gooseneck that rolls the boom if you insert a short crank and rotate either way.

The outhaul is tightened by inserting the same hex-crank into another fitting near the gooseneck. It turns only one way, pulling a wire that tensions the outhaul. The problem is, there seems to be no way to release the tension, and in my experimenting, I managed to tighten the thing enough so that I need a short line now to attach the clew to the outhaul fitting on the aft end of the boom.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?
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My Morgan 35 (Hull Number 116) was modified exactly the same way. Roller furling boom and the traveller in front of the wheel directly beneath the boom tip. The boom is 13-feet 6 inches. I will check my boom to see how it is released and get back to you. (I think there is a release button on the boom). I do not utilize the roller reefing. I have a tall rig and even with the short boom, I often reef the main to ease the weather helm and heel of the boat. It balances very nicely reefed this way in winds over 15 knots. I sail it mostly around Long Beach, CA.

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Hello Nick, My '73 Morgan has the same type of roller furling boom and out haul. My release button is on the under side of the boom aft of the gooseneck. My system is "frozen" in place now, adjusted to my use, and I'm not changing it; however, when I last had it operating the release button would pop out when I cranked and then the cable would slack when I pushed the button. 'good luck, Aythya crew
 

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I bought a 1971 Morgan 35' Mark II sloop hull 71 (tall rig) a month ago and am working to bring it back, was neglected the last decade but is sound overall. I don't believe it ever was set up with a roller furling boom. The boom extends to the end of the cockpit, which is also where the traveler is, between the end of the cockpit and the stern lazerette.
 

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Thanks, all! This is very helpful.
I'll try to post a picture this weekend, though it's all under a tarp now. There is a hole, or recessed tube just forward of where the crank attaches for the outhaul (near the gooseneck on starboard). It hadn't occurred to me that there might be a button down in there. I did try to see if a screwdriver caught anything.
I'll also check the bottom of the boom but don't recall seeing anything there.
Sounds like Brad's boat and mine are very similar and that sailonct has the original boom. I've still got the track for the traveller between the cockpit and lazerette.
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Boofus, I have some limited information, you may already have. Since it's not relevant to this thread, drop me a private email and I'd be glad to share what I have.

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Update: There is a button on the bottom of the boom, near the gooseneck. First thing I'll try when the weather warms up. Thanks all!
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Couldn't help but notice the reference to the "tall rig". I too have a Morgan 35. I bought it a couple of years ago and have just now been able to get to work on her. (It is currently in my back yard.) I am hoping to launch her sometime this spring. My boom is just like the others posted with the little button and roller furling boom. But, what's the difference between a regular rig and a "talll" rig? I have the original owners manual which I have scanned into a pdf. You can download it at warrendrake.com/Morgan35.pdf. But it I don't recall seeing any mention of a tall rig?

My boat is a 1971 - hull number 91
 

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Morgan 35 Tall Rig

I have the owners manual and it has the Tall Rig dimensions as:

I = 43.25
J=13.67
P = 38.25
E = 15.0

versus a standard rig of:
I = 40.75
J = 13.67
P = 35.83
E = 15.0

My boom has been shorten so the end of it is directly above the wheel pedestal, E is approximately 13'-6". I had new sails made and it measured out very close to the tall rig except for the foot of the main.

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Crank

I have a Morgan Outisland 41 with the same boom set-up, does anyone know were I can get a crank for the outhaul?

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Bob
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Crank for Outhaul

I still have the crank -- it also works the centerboard winch (which has lost its sprocket).
I've been thinking I need a spare and was going to try one of two things:
1) a 3/8" Allen wrench, preferably a long one
2) A Stanley awning window crank handle with a piece of 3/8" hex bar epoxied in.

I've tried around the web for a crank handle with a hex end without any luck.
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outhaul crank

I made one out of electric conduit with some slots cut in one end and a rod inserted in the other end. I then found one at a consignment shop so now have both. my outhaul looks like the end of a rod with a pin sticking out on both sides. I am not sure if the hex fitting listed above is a different boom.

Another note our boom is a roller reefing boom and the crank does this also.
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m35 1971

Does anyone in this thread still owns an M35?

Hi there,

I am looking to purchase an m35 1971. I honestly have a few concerns and would like to ask owners ( or prior owners) about their general experience with the vessel. What to look out for while inspecting it.

1st of all the boat is in the water which there are a lot of things down there that will have to be purchased without inspection. The current owner says that there is no damage down there whatsoever. Also, I noticed that the transom was very thin. Was the transom in yours was very thin as well? I mean the one I inspected was less than a quarter inch thick of fiberglass. How was your experience with that centerboard? The winch of the centerboard is located, in the one I am inspecting, below the port side bench in the cockpit which does not have door/hatch in the bench to access it, to work the winch i believe you will have to crawl into the rear hatch behind the cockpit. Then it goes to a pipe under the engine which makes it even harder to know the real condition of the cable down there. Is that how it was set up in yours?

Did you changed the mast step? The one I am looking at has it very corroded. And to make the work in there it will have thru be done thru the mast hole or break the flooring in the cabin. Any advise on that as well, lol. If we could talk over the phone for a few minutes it would help me and my wife a lot. 1 st purchase an lots of butterflies in my belly righgt now. Lol
 

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For those thinking of making a handle for the Morgan roller boom, here are a few photos of the original.







Take care and joy, Aythya crew
 
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