’81 Morgan 382
Shopping for this boat was one of the most exhausting things I have ever done. It took nearly two full years… literally! Because I had never done anything like this before, a large part of the difficulty was defining what I wanted. Being an open-book was both a blessing and a curse – a blessing because I had no pre-conceived notions about what makes a good cruising boat, and a curse because of the sheer number of suitable candidates.
Like so many other large purchases that people make, price was the great equalizer. Out were the Swans, the Oysters and the Hylas. New was also out of the question. I needed a modest production boat built in the ’70’s or ’80’s. How I intended to use the boat was the other main deciding attribute. I needed something strong with a history of bluewater success. That eliminated a lot of the daysailing/coastal cruiser breed.
I stumbled upon the Morgan 382 by chance. And, I’m glad I did. These boats have been sailed all over the place, and a few have circumnavigated the globe. Designed by Ted Brewer and built the Morgan Yacht Company, the 382 has an excellent reputation. And, I found a great one!!
The Morgan 38 also has one of the best owner’s forums on the net. Morgan38.org has an extremely active user base and decades’ worth of design specific discussions. This been a most valuable resource during the refit.