Features August 2009 Issue

Used Sailboat Review: Morgan 30

An affordable, shoal-water racer-cruiser, the Morgan 30 is a classic Charley Morgan design.

On the water, the Morgan 30 is a fine boat to look at, with springy sheer and an attractive stern. Although the boat has a full 6-foot, 2-inch headroom, the freeboard is low. This graceful form predates World War II and can be found in late Cruising Club of America-era boats. Our sea trials aboard reader Ray Mummery’s Morgan 30 Wavedancer in South Florida’s Biscayne Bay, offered proof of the boat’s impeccable balance. In 12 knots of breeze, with a 130-percent genoa, Wavedancer easily steered herself to windward, even holding a course as deep as 120-degrees relative wind angle, with no attention to the helm. Compared to modern 30-footers with canoe underbodies and fin keels, the boat is far from nimble. What the boat lacks in thrills, she makes up for with a seakindly ride.

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