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Need help/advice with running rigging routing and hardware on 1969 Morgan 38 (Charley Morgan)

caveman

New Member
I purchased a project last summer and I am wanting to get her sailing as soon as I can. I need some help rigging and I am ready to purchase materials. There are no riggers for hire close (I am in Port Isabel, TX), and local folks I have met have had other commitments that have come up.

She had been repowered with a 35 HP Kubota at some point before sitting for a long time. I just had the heat exchanger replaced ($$!) and I am hoping to have the engine running again shortly. I really want to get this boat moving under her own power and enjoy her while I am restoring. This project is starting to wear on me so some fun is in order.

The standing rigging was inspected by a surveyor post purchase and given a good rating, I may need to tighten my port shroud after I had spreaders replaced. It feels loose (tuning).

I have a photo inventory of what I have available as well as plenty of boat/deck pics. Jib and main both appear servicable. I have replaced my vang and (traveler lines) with sta-set. I need a new main halyard and topping lift. My roller furler is servicable again (it is an old FAMET REEFURL) and the lines are servicable, but could use replace/upgrade soon. My mainsheet is decent, but the yard spilled paint on the line/drug it through some paint while I was having the bottom done.

I need to get some advice on how to route my lines and some cabin top broken hardware that needs replacing (what to purchase or upgrade?). I may be able to re-use some hardware (blocks/shackles) but they are older (look servicable!) and need to be cleaned and lubed.

Anyone out there have some suggestion or could help via e-mail/phone/chat?

Many Thanks!

Brice
 

terry_thatcher

Terence Thatcher
Few or none of us have the Charley Morgan 38. They have a great rep for sailing characteristics. Suggestions: get a book about tuning to help with standing rigging. I have one on the boat but don't remember author. Sta-Set or Sta-Set X is good for sheets. Size depends on sail size and leverage (number of blocks.) Best halyards are expensive, low stretch, high tech line, like dyneema, but Sta Set or X works fine. On most halyards, I use a buntline hitch, rather than splice to attach to shackles. For topping lift, using something with a little stretch, like Sta-Set. I like my halyards on the mast. Others run them aft thru deck organizers. My rigginng book is by Ivar Dedekam
 
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jimcleary

James M. Cleary
Terry

Kudos for the buntline hitch. Been using them for years. Have done away with almost all of the fixed eyes on the boat.

Jim
 

terry_thatcher

Terence Thatcher
When I am using Dyneema halyards or boom preventer, however, I splice my eyes. I have been told mot to trust most knots in dyneema.
 

jimcleary

James M. Cleary
Terry

Very true. The only Dyneema line I have on board is the sling for the boom vang that goes around the mast. That was spliced for me by the rigger. I wouldn't trust an eye in that stuff if I didi it.

Jim
 

terry_thatcher

Terence Thatcher
Ah, you could do it. I have struggled for years with splices in standard polyester braid, like sta-set (three strand I learned from my dad when we still used "manila" rope. But the dyneema is really easy; even I can do it. Samson has good videos and illustrated guides.
 
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