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Selling our 382 - Williwaw


Tom Kluberton
We’re looking for a new home for Williwaw, our 1980 Morgan 382. Life’s just become spread too thin between the Boat in Pensacola and our lives in Alaska. Including the dinghy, outboard, all electronics, spare parts, and about anything else of value onboard (tools, kitchenware, etc) we're thinking $45K.

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Tom Kluberton
Oops, lots more to say, but posting procedure got ahead of me:

Here's some info about Williwaw - will post some more photos too. Have lots of pictures so ask if you'd like to see more:

After several years of upgrading her to be a capable cruiser, we took her to Cuba from Pensacola this spring. The new Garmin autopilot held her to within a foot of a straight line for days on end, and after a full night of sailing (with the A/P refrigerated cooler and lights) the batteries were above 80%. The A/P will happily follow a course you define in the Garmin chart plotter.

Three of us were aboard for 28 days and sailed comfortably from Pensacola to Marina Hemingway ,over to Cayo Levisa, back to Havana and on to Pensacola without using shore power, or a generator. The engine ran like a sewing machine when the wind let us down.

We learned two things, the boat is perfectly happy in ocean conditions well beyond our comfort level, and, our calendar for the next several years really doesn’t really have space for us to make extended passages. Feeling the worst thing a sailor can do is to sail into a schedule, we decided to look for new owners for her. She’s ready to go if you are.

With everything listed here (and more) included we feel she’s worth $45K. If there’s more involved than you want/need/can afford, we’ll negotiate likely by way of deducting items (dinghy, etc.).

When we say “Capable cruiser” we mean the boat’s been prepared for extended travel and comfortable living along the way. We speak mostly to how we set about updating a basically solid Morgan yacht such that every project was done with state of the art techniques and technology designed to get the vessel in shape to sail the Caribbean for extended periods.

Every hose (fuel and cooling) to the motor was replaced, fuel injector pump, and, exhaust elbow updated in 2016 (heat exchanger rebuilt and sea-water filter upgraded to stainless).

Two Racor water-separating fuel filters are installed with techniques to change filters at sea easily without losing pressure/prime and there’s a gauge to show filter condition.

All batteries are sealed AGM technology and secured in reinforced and fiberglass-lined-compartments. The cockpit locker and engine compartment have been improved, cleaned and re-painted with high quality marine coatings.

Plath Windlass has been in business since 1926, their products last generations. The 300# of lead weights were removed from the fore-locker to compensate for the weight of the windlass and chain. The chain locker was rebuilt using a fully-composite bulkhead at the front of the v-berth. The on-deck anchor locker was preserved without sacrificing deck strength for the windlass. The v-berth and area around the windlass motor and gearbox are finished in teak and readily accessible for maintenance.

Mantus (& Fortress) anchors both “storm-size” for a Morgan 382, but the windlass can manage their weight handily and with one’s life and vessel at stake, more is more in the anchor department.

When it leaked last fall, we bought and installed a new Hurth/ZF 15 gear box to replace the original. To reduce vibration and allow for routine flexing of the vessel we installed a flex-coupler between the gearbox and the prop-shaft.

The bottom was sandblasted to gelcoat in 2015, and not a single bister presented itself. The bottom coatings have been well-maintained since. Most recently in Fall of 2018 Pettit Ultima SR60 blue was applied by Troendle Marine at the Pensacola shipyard.

The head and holding tank were re-done in 2015. A 15-gallon holding tank was placed beneath the sink cabinet. Through-hulls were re-arranged to bring fresh sea water from the area of the wet-locker ahead of the chart table so fresh water could be used for use at the galley sink as well as on the other side of the boat at the head. A new Raritan toilet, and Whale shower pump were installed.

The old holding tank area in the keel now provides a three-stage bilge pump platform.

While rebuilding the cockpit locker, we added R20 worth of insulation to the back of the factory ice box. Not a complete fix, but there is a 12V Engle cooler in the Pilot Berth area that will also act as a freezer, so between the two, we always had all the cold beverages and fresh food we needed on the Cuba trip.

We felt lucky when we bought Williwaw in 2014 that she was just about 100% stock. Some headliner work and the in-ceiling LED’s had been installed, but the boat was perfect for outfitting as a cruiser with today’s technology. The weight of the Morgan lends to a seaworthiness that the lighter “modern” sailboats can’t achieve under load. Loaded for cruising, those newer light boats flounder while the design of the heavier Morgan carries the load without a sacrifice in speed. We sailed for two days on a single tack from Port Charolette, FL, to Marina Hemingway at nearly 7 knots the whole way.

She’s a peach!

Boat Name: Williwaw

Year: 1980
Builder: Morgan Yachts
Designer: Ted Brewer
Present Location: Pensacola

LOA: 38 ft 3 in
LWL: 30 ft 6 in
Beam: 12 ft
Draft: 5 ft
Displacement: +18,000 lbs
Ballast: 6,800 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 52 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 3 in

Power: 50 HP Perkins Diesel
Model: 4.108
Engine Hours: est 4320hrs
Propeller: 3-Blade

Fresh Water Tanks: 55 Gallons
Fuel Tanks: 40 Gallons
Holding Tank: 15 Gallons

Hood Main sail in very good condition
Schurr 120% Genoa in excellent condition (new in 2017)
Harken Jib roller furling

Bimini/Solar Rack/Davits – Aluminum Tubing & 10mm XPVC “hard top”
Cockpit dodger- Sunbrella windows in excellent condition (Sunbrella covers included)
Winch Covers - Sunbrella
Pedestal cover – Sunbrella
Companionway – Original teak, Plexiglass & Bug screen

Garmin Autopilot (2018) GHC-20, Class B Linear Drive, Reactor 40 System
Garmin Chart Plotter GPSMap 541-S (w/Depth Sounder – NMEA 2K to A/P)
HXUS604X G3 Chart Set purchased 2/28/2019
Standard Horizon CP390i Chartplotter (w/AIS)
Standard Horizon GX2150 25 Watt VHS Radio w/AIS (AIS displays on Chart Plotter via NMEA 0183)
EPIRB: ACR Model: RLB-41
Weems & Plath Crew-Watcher - Man Overboard alarm (3 Beacons)

Ground Tackle-Dock Lines
Mantus 55# - on roller/windlass w/ 110’ 5/16 G4 chain & 150’ 3-braid nylon ¾”
Fortress FX-37 – backup w/50’ 5/16” G4 chain & 200’ 5/8 gold braid line
Plath 2GW 12V Electric windlass (3/4hp bronze wildcat & capstan) (new 2016)
Dock lines and fenders for home – enough additional for travel set

Seven original Breakers plus 13-Breaker Blue Seas Panel w/ Amp and Volt gauges
Linklite Electrical system monitor
Start/Windlass - (2) Optima D34M Deep Cycle Marine (sealed AGM batteries)
Blue Seas ACR - charging relay between house and starter banks
House Bank - (6) Trojan Reliant t-105 6V AGM (sealed batteries) wired to 12V/650 Amp Hours Capacity
(3) Solar Panels (605 watt output) on two charge controllers w/ breakers to ea.
30 Amp shore power cord
120 VAC/12 VDC battery charger
C-Charger 20amp 120V "Smart" battery charger
Tiger Claw 1500 inverter (mounted / not wired yet)
50 foot shore power cord
LED Bulbs in all exterior lights
LED Salon ceiling lights & LED bulbs in all other fixtures

Achillies LS310 10’ Inflatable (new 2014)
Yamaha 9.9 hp 2-stroke outboard (excellent condition low use - est. 2009/10 vintage)


Tom Kluberton
It was our concept taken to perfection by the guys at Blue Coral in Pensacola.

I had given up on feeling confident with any way to mount three panels on stainless tubing over the canvas Bimini. We'd been wrestling with davit designs for years too.

Combining them all turned out to be the best solution.

It's lightweight, strong and we love having the extra shade.


lee nicholas
i have no idea how this photo got here ??? I was tryinying to load itb with my stock photos St Nick Tarpon Springs FL


Tom Kluberton
We've dropped our asking price to $37K having realized life is not getting any easier and time for cruising is not in the forecast for us.

This boat is absolutely ready for extended cruising, enough solar amps and batteries aboard to run the refrigerator and Garmin Autopilot all day and all night.

Just shined-up by a professional yacht detailer and the bottom is in excellent condition (we have it cleaned and checked every six weeks).

get in touch if interested!


Tom Kluberton
Thanks Jim -

I sure get the "younger" part.

Only wish Williwaw was in the shape she is now when I got her six years ago - I knew years ago (after the first overnight passage) that an autopilot was in my future. Just had no idea how much was involved in installing the solar, the battery banks, the hydraulics, and, the electronics to have a fully functional Autopilot strong enough for the 382. It's a world of difference knowing the A/P can hold the boat within a foot of a plotted course even with sturdy winds and the Gulf Stream trying to push her in a different direction.

Greatly appreciate the wisdom you share on this forum and wish you smooth sailing!


New Member
Hello Tom,

Just joined the forum and have been looking for a well cared M38... I am an ex-panhandler as well ( PC, Destin, FWB) and trying to correct that to be once again moored there... perhaps with the help of you "Williwaw" if still for sale.

Time management... making the choices in prioritizing time> when where and with who ... and life management> choosing where how and with who... sometime closes a good chapter and creates a new one...

Anyway I applaud your thinking thru and seeing thru the projects made to Williwaw... By chance are you ex aviator ?



Tom Kluberton
Wow, time flies. We did sell Williwaw just as COVID became a household word. It has been a disorienting change to me and I apologize for not closing the loop here on the Owner's Board. We were lucky to find a Morgan when we went shopping for our boat, and just as lucky to find this group of Morgan-38 owners and enthusiasts so willing to help one another along. I've never seen so much camaraderie (among what would be strangers if they hadn't become infatuatted with their vessels) anywhere.

Williwaw was in the same berth we kept her in Bayou Chico, Pensacola through Hurricane Sally and would have come through unscathed had the mooring lines on the boats in adjoining berths been properly fastened.

As it were, the cap rail on the starboard side sustained some damage, but that was it. The aluminum frame and XPS bimini.solar panel mount held intact perfectly in 100+mph winds.

Those three panels sustained us on the trip to Cuba with plenty of power for the autopilot, Engel 12V refrigerator, sonar, VHF/AIS ,two chart plotters, charging all our misc electronics (computers, cell phones and IPad), also a pair of 12V trucker fans we bought for $11 ea at Walmart, and ,bilge pump (never needed the second stage pump) The boat took the trip in style. It was an unforgettable journey I will cherish the memory for a lifetime.

Our best to you all! Tom

PS - I have not been an aviator, I'm probably on the OCD side and just can't let projects go unfinished - I can let projects go unstarted, which apparently I did while spending time on Williwaw. Spent months of quality Social-distancing time replacing the stone veneer of our masonry chimney above the roof this summer/fall. We're talking hammering off a ton of crumbling rock & mortar, then hauling 1500# of new "cultured stone" 28 steps up an extension ladder - two 5-gallon buckets at a time. I'll be 69 in a month or I might have done it faster. . .

I'd so rather have been working on a Morgan!!


Alan & Cheryl Shedd
Hi Tom:
Great looking boat! Best wishes on your sale and your new projects.
Would you post more photos?
I am particularly interested in your hard top bimini / solar mount as well as your ground tackle set up (windlass, anchor / chain locker, and what modifications you had to make to fit the Mantus 55 on the bow). Also curious about your wiring upgrades, use of the Engle refrigerator (energy use), and holding tank upgrade. These are all projects I'd like to address.


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