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Morgan Out Island 41 Ketch by Stewart Force Aythya under sail.

Growing up in Fort Lauderdale in the ’50s, learning to sail was not unusual and when my parents said that we were going to sell our house and live aboard a sailboat, I packed my bags. The dream began, but it wasn’t to happen for another 12 years when my wife, Nancie, and I bought our first boat in 1971. LOA 41’ 3” LWL 34” 0” Beam 13’ 10” Draft 4’2” Vertical Clearance 53’ 6” Fuel Capacity 110 Gallons Water Capacity 180 Gallons Displacement 26,000 lbs. Sail Area Main 254 sq. ft. Mizzen 122 sq. ft. 100% Fore Triangle 416 sq. ft.

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first saw a Morgan Out Island 41 during the summer of 1972 when we were cruising and living aboard a 30-foot Sparkman and Stephens sloop. The Out Island design was strikingly different at that time, and it inspired a variety of responses. Yacht designer Robert Perry said that, “If you were like me, you probably did a near retch the first time you saw an Out Island 41.” (www.boats.com/newsreviews/articledetail.html?lid=10227) Annapolis naval architect Jack Hornor reacted with disappointment with the introduction of the Out Island. He thought that Charley Morgan had sold out, “I felt Morgan had betrayed his traditional roots and sacrificed elegance and balance for volume and headroom.” (www.boatus.com/jackhornor/sail/ Out Island41.asp). Without a background in traditional yacht design, my www.southwindsmagazine.com


Southwinds May 2009