Yeah Jessie, I don't really pay much attention to derogatory comments
except maybe as a red flag to take a look. I had been thinking in terms
of possibly a wide sharpie or a sailing barge as an old age home with
the ability to move around the country in waterways with a now and then
trip to the Bahamas. The OI41 certainly would fit that bill and much
more. It is big enough my wife can keep much of the things she is
fretting over getting rid of. I am a machinate and by moving a few
things around in the engine room I can make room for a tiny machine
shop. I had one on a Fantaisia 35 in a sail locker under the Port cocpit
seat that had standing headroom and a work bench. Really worked out
well and I was always able to make up a new something for a neighboring
fellow cruiser. As you can see the OI 41 is almost perfect for that.
She won't settle in the water much when loaded with all our junk and
that is important to me to. I just wish she had leeboards in place of a
On 09/26/2012 12:50 PM, Peter wrote:
> I suspect the whole Morgan OI story would fill a book. The first OI41s
> got a lot of bad reviews on their sailing performance, but I suppose the
> later models were better. There were OI models down to about 28 feet,
> all exceedingly roomy for their length.
> I think there may be similar stories about boats from Allmand, and maybe
> Hunter. My father's '70s vintage Hunter 30 was used as a liveaboard
> before he bought it.
> I don't imagine that a Jesse Cooper would make much progress upwind
> against a 30KT wind with a well-developed sea, either.