Charley Morgan-38


Picture of Morgan 38 under sailOver 600 Morgan 38s of three different types have been produced since the late 1960s. This is the homepage for M-38 owners seeking to share ideas and information about these venerable craft. The first M-38, designed by Charley Morgan and built by the company he founded in 1965, was in production from 1969 through 1971. Approximately 80 of these fine keel-centerboarders were built, and most are still sailing today. In the mid-1970s, the company (which had passed out of Charley Morgan's hands) asked the well-known naval architect Ted Brewer to design a racer-cruiser with a 30-foot waterline. That boat was named the M-382. It had a long fin keel with a sturdy skeg-mounted rudder. Approximately, three hundred were built between 1977 and 1981. In 1982, Morgan made some changes to the rig and rudder, calling the modified boat the M-383. The M-384, with further enhancements, followed a year later. About 100 of each of these later models were built. In the mid-1980s, Catalina Yachts acquired Morgan and during the 1990s has produced yet another M-38, this one a center-cockpit, fin keel-spade rudder design. Approximately 60 of these vessels have been produced. Three different designs. Three Morgan 38s. Three fine boats. Especially with the older boats, owners have been busy these last few years refurbishing, upgrading, and in some cases modifying them. Yet there has been no common source of information and limited factory assistance, as all of the people who were involved in the production of the earlier M-38s have left the company. Our owners' group fills this void and also gives us opportunities to meet other sailors who share our interests. The owners' group puts out a newsletter containing history, racing and voyaging tips, as well as ideas and information for upgrades and maintenance. We have held members' meetings at boat shows and during the summer of 2000 will host rendezvous sail-ins at several locations. Finally, it should be mentioned that an owners' group creates interest in our boats, makes them easier to sell (should that day ever come), and increases their market value. As of September 1999, our membership had reached 163 boats. If you would like to become involved, please make contact at the address, phone number, or e-mail address below. There is no cost. If you know of any other owners who might be interested, please ask them to get in touch. Thanks!

This is a voluntarily established and maintained site for the mutual benefit of those who own Morgan 38 boats. Any small contribution by those who use this site on more than a casual basis will be appreciated by all regular users. Such contributions can be made annually and should be sent to Larry Brown, our Webmaster, at his address appearing on this page.


Larry Brown, M38 "Ridiculous" (homeport Clearwater, FL)
129 Gulfwinds Dr E.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

I hope you enjoy the Morgan 38 Bulletin Board -- Our members' way to share ideas and information.

View Article from Good Old Boat about one of our members

View M-382 Advertising Photos or View A Member's M-382 Under Sail

View an M-384 Advertising Photo

Check out Modifications to a member's M-384

Take a look at a Write-Up on the M-382

View A Member's "Charley Morgan" 38 Named "On The Way."

View A Member's "Charley Morgan" 38 Under Sail.

View The "Charley Morgan" 38 "Chinook" -- Photos plus Builder's Plans.

Check out A molded helmsman's seat for the M-382 and M-383 or an alternate location for the helmsman's seat

Read and see a member's Modification of an M-382 Rudder

See a Dodger and dorade installation on an M-383

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1997 Summer Newsletter

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1997 Fall Newsletter

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1998 Spring Newsletter

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1998 Summer Newsletter

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1998 Fall Newsletter

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1999 Spring Newsletter

Read the Morgan-38 Owners' Group 1999 Summer Newsletter


Contact the Morgan 41 Homepage, which has lots of good information and links.

Contact the Morgan Sailboat Connection, a news and discussion page for Morgan owners.

The Catalina/Morgan Homepage has a link to the Morgan 38 currently in production.

The following three Web sites have links to hundreds of sailing pages, including this one:

The SailNet Homepage

Mark Rosenstein's Sailing Page

Steve Jones's Sailing Page

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