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Well... I went ahead and did it. New owner 1970 38' Morgan


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Hello fellow Morganers(?)! I'm headed back home after the first few days with my new project. I left her at this great little marina in Port Isabel, TX where she was berthed (I really dont miss the heat and humidity at the moment, but the beach being a stones throw is a nice perk). It was kinda hard to leave, although I can't quite stay in her yet. There is a sister ship right in front of her that is a real beauty!

Afterglow is hull number 21 I'm guessing by the documentation, M3821. I'm not quite sure where to read it on the vessel itself. She is really in need of some love. She has been repowered with a 35 HP 4 cyl Kubota that purrs like a kitten! Ok, more like a tiger, but it runs great. Supposedly a 2011 with 10 hours on it! Really in need of paint and woodwork... the works. Standing rigging, aside from the blue oxidation on the hard stuff, looks in great shape. The cable is clean and bright. I was able to get all of her running lights working after a little wiggling and replacing a bulb or two. Sails need cleaning and repair but appear serviceable.

Interior wise it's going to be quite a bit of work. Rotten wood, mildew, and mold abound but bleach (gasp!) seems to be working. Shop vac is getting lots of work. It has an updated head and new macerator (last year). Water is not working, but I have a brand new pump the owner gave me to install... looks like fittings and hose need to be replaced. The cushions are quite outstanding and seem a bit out of place. I feel I got a good deal as the motor, cushions, and lead in the keel are probably worth what I paid for her.

I'm excited and terrified at the same time!

I will be hauling her out soon for a new rudder seal, bottom job, zincs, check/replace cutlass bearing, take a look at centerboard (its wedged and sheave looks really corroded), check/replace thru hulls, and a quality survey.

Interesting things found:
- An old EPIRB (do these things "go bad" or can the be serviced"?)
- Some kind of blue metal box in the engine room with an LCD gauge/readout with a bunch of hoses coming/going (a watermaker???!)
- A dried, ugly, musty mess under the sink that was probably the cause of the need to replace head (barf).

So... what is the first item I purchase/upgrade for this thing? (I'm thinking a handheld radio)
Where do I lurk to get tips on refurbishing/renovating this beast? (What is your favorite?)
What else should I check/do on this haulout?
What the heck have I gotten myself in to?!

Fair winds,



Ken Kurlychek
Congratulations Brice. Hope you have many years of good times on your new boat. And don't be daunted by all the work. Just take it one project a time. You'll never be finished but that's true with all boats.
Yes, Congratulations. What Ken said, it will NEVER end. But it will be mostly enjoyable.
Might we see some pictures too?
This forum is probably one of the best owners forums of any type I have been involved in. Stick around, you're guaranteed to learn with all the knowledge that flows so freely here.
Yes, As Jim said. Looking good. From what I can see, she looks like she can be brought back to "Bristol" condition with elbow grease and $$. And these are great boats, built well for the most part. Tough old gals.