Our Boat

Our boat is a 1990 Morgan 44 center cockpit sloop.  The center cockpit allows room for a very nice aft cabin with a queen sized “almost” walk around bed, good storage and a head with separate shower and bathtub (!).  Haven’t tried the tub yet. It would be perfect for my 4 year old grandson, but seems a little bit cozy for an adult. The aft head has a Lectrasan toilet which is a mini processing plant for human waste.

Moving forward, Jim’s “man cave” is on the left side and houses all sorts of tools, spare parts, etc.  On the right is the main entrance to a huge walk-in engine room which houses not only the Yanmar 44hp engine, but a 5000w Westerbeke generator, water heater, compressor for the air conditioner, charger/inverter, batteries, the business side of all the electrical and DC panels, a myriad of wires and hoses connecting them all, a manual bilge pump, the aft shower sump pump and probably some other things we (that is an editorial “we”) and really means Jim has yet to figure out.

The companionway continues into the salon, the largest open area of the boat.  On the left is the navigation station, on the right is a “U” shaped galley with a two burner stovetop, a microwave, and a large cold plate freezer/refrigerator.  A coffee pot, crockpot and a toaster are housed underneath the stove but ready for use at a moments notice.  The salon has two settees on either side with a central table with leaves that open up to create one large table with the mast right in the middle. (not our favorite feature – makes it very difficult to do jigsaw puzzles and to play 4 handed games!)   Forward on the right is a manual head which actually has a handheld shower which is not connected.  On the left are closet, shelves and other clever storage spaces.  Two steps further is the large “V” berth.

Lighting is good throughout with a combination of LED and fluorescent lights, powered by DC or 110v.  Each sleeping area has a bright reading light.  Teak cabinetry throughout is beautiful and in great shape as is the Teak and Holly sole.

Topsides the genoa and the mainsail are both furling and all lines lead to the cockpit.  Our dingy hangs off davits at the stern and the 15hp outboard has its own hoist system.  We have two large coolers on the aft deck which have been used for all manner of things other than food – extra lines, cleaning supplies, lounge chairs.  A dodger and bimini keep us out of the sun and the rain. In addition they support two 120 watt solar panels.  There is a liferaft on the foredeck. Two anchors, a 44 lb  Rocna and a 45 lb CQR are in place at the bow.   An electric windlass pulls them up out of the water, but it’s a hand operation to let either one down.

We are still exploring her mysteries, clever storage areas where you might not expect them, lots of spare parts which Jeff and Jean, Two Can Sail, helped us log and identify.  Those things we had some concerns about when we bought her are still concerns:  the dependence on 110 electricity for the galley, no oven, the mast in the middle of the salon table and no large table anywhere to sit around and visit with the company we hope to have.  However, we really enjoy her and have begun to make her our home with a few personal touches. 

Oh, and by the way, she sails comfortably and safely.

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