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Morgan 46


Three coats of white Imron and two coats of clear are the secret to the shiny topsides on Liberty, our 1980 Morgan 46 sloop. These were the finishing touches of the total refit we completed in 2001.Other than the fiberglass hull and aluminum spars, we, and her previous owners before us, replaced almost everything from the plumbing and wiring to the sails and standing rigging. We fitted modern electronics, a powerful refrigeration system, two 16,000-BTU reverse-cycle air-conditioning units, a 1,000-amp- hour battery bank, and a 3,000-watt inverter. To eliminate this model’s penchant for leaks, we replaced the original plastic ports with more seamanlike stainless-steel ones, teak handrails with stainless steel, and the teak toerails with aluminum, which also meant less teak to varnish.


Morgan 462

by David Pascoe

Morgan is famous for producing some of the most badly blistered boats we’ve ever seen, as well as the junky, but immensely popular Out Island 41.  In fact, the O/I 41 is one of only two hulls we’ve ever seen that had been destroyed by blisters, the other being a Chris Craft Commander.

We’ve never been impressed with much of the Morgan line of boats, but the 462 is something of an exception in an otherwise undistinguished history. The 462 is a big, clunky, center cockpit ketch (also available as a sloop) that, unlike the rest of the Morgan series, is fairly heavily built at 30,000 lbs. A weight-to-length ratio of 2:3 (converting length in feet x 1000) is moderately heavy in our book. Our survey example was an aging 1980 model that had had a very rough life of more than a decade of neglect in the Bahamas, yet the owners still hadn’t managed to destroy it.


Morgan 462 photo on
Morgan 462 drawing on

Hull Type:  Fin with rudder on skeg Rig Type:  Masthead Ketch
LOA:  46.50′ / 14.17m LWL:  39.25′ / 11.96m
Beam:  13.50′ / 4.11m Listed SA:  876 ft2 / 81.38 m2
Draft (max.)  5.25′ / 1.60m Draft (min.)  
Displacement:  30000 lbs./ 13608 kgs. Ballast:  8400 lbs. / 3810 kgs.
Sail Area/Disp.1:  14.58 Bal./Disp.:  28.00% Disp./Len.:  221.49
Designer:  Henry Scheel
Builder:  Morgan/Catalina
Construction:  FG w/plywood in deck Bal. type:  Lead
First Built:  1979 Last Built:   # Built:  
AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)
Make:  Perkins Model:  
Type:  Diesel HP:  62
Water:  195 gals. / 738 ltrs. Fuel:  175 gals. / 662 ltrs.
I(IG):  50.75′ / 15.47m J:  18.75′ / 5.72m
P:  43.25′ / 13.18m E:  13.00′ / 3.96m
PY:  26.50′ / 8.08m EY:  9.00′ / 2.74m
SA(Fore.):  475.78 ft2 / 44.20 m2 SA(Main):  281.13 ft2 / 26.12 m2
Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles):   876.16 ft2 / 81.39 m2
Sail Area/Disp.2:  14.58 Est. Forestay Length.:  54.10′ / 16.49m
Mast Height from DWL:  56.50′ / 17.22m
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:   Catalina Yachts
More about & boats built by:   Morgan Yachts
More about & boats designed by:   Henry Scheel
Deep draft: 6.0’/1.83m
Similar versions were called MORGAN 46, MORGAN CUSTOM 46, MORGAN 461, MORGAN 463 among others.
Also purchased and/or sold through THE MOORINGS charter company (altered version of MORGAN 461)
Sloop or ketch.
(Images are from a brochure for the MORGAN 463)
Thanks to Skip Gundlach for clarifying a number issues with Morgan’s of this generation and ‘billmania’ for other corrections.



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Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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