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I am looking for other owners of Morgan 45's. I have had mine for a long time and haven't found many owners. Like to share stories and infol
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Morgan 454

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.

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I have a N/M 45 (also known as Morgan 456) tall rig IOR warhorse in San Francisco Bay. Lots of fun, lots of work. Beetle is one of the original race versions, not the cruising version.

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hi guys

I haave had the WANDERING STAR since 1988. am in Saint Aug. Fl now. looking for installation solutions for a genset. Any ideas? also marine air?
 

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Generator AC System

I have a Northern Lights 6.0 kw gen set. It is mounted behind the aft bunk. The AC system consists of two units. One is under the front bunk. This includes the air handler and compressor. The other is in the aft cabin. The compressor for this unit is in the aft lazar ret, mounded on a plate attached to the port side bulkhead. The air handler is in the starboard locker in the aft cabin on the bulkhead next to the head.
 

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I've had Slider since 2001. It's a 454 cruising hull with the race rig. Hull #47. Just finished rewiring and now have 32 dc breakers and 9 ac. Next project is to pull the stick and go thru the rigging, paint mast and add wind inst. It's been a lot of fun and sails like a witch.
 

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MikeGC said:
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.

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Mike
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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Thanks for the info. On an average day say 10-15 knots of wind and light seas what would be an average distance traveled in 24 hours. I trying to get a feel for how long it would take to go from Charleston SC to the Abacos.
 

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Hello! My boyfriend and I just bought a '84 Nelson Merek 45. We have a ton of questions, are the other owners still out there?! Jane
 

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Greetings Morgan 45 Owners

I have owned my 45 N/M since October of 2000. We have done all kinds of work to it. We added 2 Air Conditioning units, Davits, Solar Panels, Isotherm Refrigeration, Just re-powered with a new Yanmar 75, Windlass, New Water Heater, New Instruments, New Harken furler, Mast Pulpits, second anchor roller, New Jib, Lazy Jacks, Drop top Dodger, New Bimini, New 50 Amp Power and cord. We already had a generator, mounted over the main engine. Most of the old systems have been replaced and we are beginning a crise along the gulf coast next week hope to be around to The Chessapeake area next summer. The baot sails great and we really love the way it motors now that we have replaced the old Perkins 4-108.
 

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Looking to buy a Morgan Nelson Marek 45

I am looking for other owners of Morgan 45's. I have had mine for a long time and haven't found many owners. Like to share stories and infol
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I am looking at a number of Morgan NM 45. I have been on one in Annapolis and one in Charleston. The two I've seen are in very good condition. There are about 10 currently for sale. Asking prices are $99,000 to $145,000. One of them is a 1985 Catalina Morgan NM 454.

I have been told that Catalina improved the boat and corrected a problem with the hull structure supporting the mast. Does anyone have information about this issue?

I am planning to live aboard with a dog for the next two years until my wife can retire. The Catalina version has a sugar scoop stern.

I think I will by the Morgan with the lease equipment aboard so I can equip it with the latest technology. A MaxPower fuel cell or WhisperJet can be used in place of a generator. If it is time to repower, conversion to electric propulsion is not such an expensive option.

I currently have TackTiicks sailing instruments on my current boat. It was a simple and quick installation and no wires. I works great.

Any thoughts?
 

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Morgan N/M 454

I've owned PROMISE, 1982 Morgan N/M 45, for sometime and went through all the mast issues among other things. Feel free to contact me. There are a couple of options if the repair has not been made.

PROMISE is currently birthed near Baltimore.
 

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I'm writing a feature article for a regional sailing magazine and would like input from Nelson/Merek 45 owners, their impressions of the boat, good and bad, experiences, names and, if possible, photos. I crew on Hallelujah out of St Pete; it's a racer with 14 winches on deck, tall rig and centerboard.
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N/M 45 Keel Issue ?

I've owned PROMISE, 1982 Morgan N/M 45, for sometime and went through all the mast issues among other things. Feel free to contact me. There are a couple of options if the repair has not been made.

PROMISE is currently birthed near Baltimore.
Hello,,, new to the forum. I have an 83 N/M 45 and love the boat. This past wknd I sent a diver down to do a bottom scrub. The diver noted a small crack/separation just in front of the keel on the flat of the hull (keel is center board version). I have been told in the past that this separation issue is just a gap in the hull and keel 'tab' that is not structural. I plan to have boat hauled and inspect/repair this cosmetic (I hope) issue.
Anybody out there familiar with this problem?
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Hey up - welcome to SN dude! I've been looking at tons of boats over the past year - and I have to say that the N/M 45 is my favorite. I'm sure it has its issues - but that is just a cool freakin' boat.

I saw one go for less than $30K a few months ago in Florida. It needed work - but was a great deal from what I could see. Killed me that I wasn't ready to buy at that point.

After that, I decided to charter instead of buy right now and try out as many boats as I can. But what a classic!

Are they comfortable for extended cruising? And how much of a pain was the cb? That's always a big question mark for me.
 

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the cb is nice. adds to upwind sailing but it's a ***** to get up and down. I'm not sure if it's just my boat, but there are way too many bends in the centerboard line pipe. I have spectra line and when i bring the board back up (grunting) on a winch i can see my deck flex (jumping on it doesn't create any flex)... seeing as you can lift the board up by hand with the boat hauled, there's some serious friction somewhere. it's a new boat and i still haven't figured out if this is because the piping is ripped up by the old wire hoist.

but the cb is awsome upwind. i just kept up with a beneteau 36.7 with worn racing sails and 4 people on the rail for them, and me solo. we were close hauled and i was surprised i could match point and speed for over 20min. had i been trimming i would be gone. my genoa is blown out and i won't make any comments on my batten less main with no roach and "really nice" leech twist.

Hey up - welcome to SN dude! I've been looking at tons of boats over the past year - and I have to say that the N/M 45 is my favorite. I'm sure it has its issues - but that is just a cool freakin' boat.

I saw one go for less than $30K a few months ago in Florida. It needed work - but was a great deal from what I could see. Killed me that I wasn't ready to buy at that point.

After that, I decided to charter instead of buy right now and try out as many boats as I can. But what a classic!

Are they comfortable for extended cruising? And how much of a pain was the cb? That's always a big question mark for me.
 

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Hey wru - welcome to SN dude. And thanks for the reply. I wonder if someone like Jeff_H has some insight on that cb friction issue?

But that performance you point out is exactly what makes me love this boat. How would you rate the comfort?
 
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