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Feb 13 2015

About Our Morgan

So, we have now consummated the deal on our new(er) sailboat – a 1976 41 foot Morgan Out Island yacht.  She is a really roomy sailboat with a center cockpit and two heads.  She has a Volvo Penta turbo diesel in her, and will make 7.5 knots all day long. Although she needs a bit of TLC, she has solid underpinnings and will be a great retirement sailboat for us. Here are her specifications per Jack Hornor :

Length Overall 41’ 3″
Waterline Length 34’ 0″
Maximum Beam 13’ 10″
Maximum Draft 4’ 2″
Displacement/Weight 27,000 lbs
Fuel Capacity 140 Gallons
Water Capacity 170 Gallons
Sail Area 100%
Fore triangle
792 Sq ft.

As with most Morgan OI sailboats of this era, she appears to have had the port water tank replaced with a smaller tank. The stock tanks developed leaks over time, and they were too large (138 gallons) to remove and replace through the companionway.  They were normally replaced with smaller tanks, which left additional storage for other things. Because we would prefer the additional water storage, we will probably add additional tankage.

She is a full (shoal) keel design, and at 13.5 tons, is considered to be a heavy displacement yacht. Because of this, she has a steady way about her in seas. At this point we have only had her out on a sea trial for a few hours, but we had enough wind to raise her sails and head into the Pacific, and we were impressed with her sailing ability and comfort. As with all full keel designs, she does not go to windward as well as fin keep sailboats, or so we are told, but she does well enough. We’re not looking for a racing boat, but we are looking for a comfortable boat to sail the world aboard, and I believe that we have found just that.

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