The Morgan Out Island 41 owes much of
its success to great planning, innovative
design and ideal timing. Charley Morgan,
founder of Morgan Yacht Corporation,
learned that having the right ideas
at the right time pays off.
1969, the New York yacht Club adopted
new rating rules that favored racing
boats, and dulled the competitive edge
of large cruising boats. Morgan and
design engineer Eric White ignored the
ratings game and created the Morgan
out Island 41 for coastal cruisers and
non-racing sailors (beam 13', 10').
Morgan Out Island 41 first appeared
at the Annapolis Boat Show in 1970,
where it displayed its tri-cabin arrangement
with an aft stateroom, forward cabin,
separate main saloon, private heads,
and hanging lockers for personal gear.
Morgan also added an air-conditioner,
generator, diesel engine, and a shoal-draft
keel for easy anchoring.
Out Island 41 became the cruising
boat of choice for coastal sailors,
families, and couples who wished to
live aboard part time. In its first
year, 120 were sold. The next year,
output reached one boat per day.
attributes that made the Out Island
41 popular with cruising owners -
living space and privacy - also made
the boat a natural for bareboat chartering.
The Out Island 41 was instrumental
in the growth of the charter industry
and a standard boat in Caribbean charter
of Morgan Out Island 41s were sold
over a production run that extended
into the 90's. Today, Out Island 41s
remain a common sight in the Caribbean
and along the US coasts where owners
continue to appreciate this pioneering