Today we have officially moved on to a new chapter in our leisure time life. We have sold our sailboat in Orange Beach, the 1979 Morgan Out Island 33 which we bought in Tampa in April of 2007. We had big dreams for this particular sailboat (over the other two sailboats we have owned) but we finally decided the distance from Auburn to Orange Beach was just to much to maintain. Plans are to replace her with a tiny little camper and go back to our camping roots and get to know some of the land and parks here in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida.
We first officially put the sailboat up for sale on June 3rd (For Sale: 1979 Morgan Out Island 33 Sailboat in Orange Beach) but decided by September that we needed to go ahead and sell the boat. Our philosophy has been pretty much the same every since we got married. If we are not using it, and well, then we don’t need it and should not keep what ever that happens to be at the time. Having sold on eBay full time for many years, and the Internet in general, people tend to want to get what they paid for on items when they go to resell them, we know this just isn’t the case (see also What is Your Blog or Internet Business Worth // eBay or Sitepoint?), so, when we want to sell something, we sell it.
This is good for the buyer of course, but when we have made up our mind to do something, we would rather do it than sit around for month after month working on it. When we started looking for this boat, a Morgan Out Island, there were not many on the market, but the ones that were on the market, are actually still on the market, 18 months later. Not because they are not good boats, they are, but because these people refused to sell something for what someone else would pay for it. A concept we don’t get. So we sold it for half of what we paid for it, but we had some wonderful times on the boat and great memories, worth more than what we paid or sold the boat for anyway.
Now it is time to move on, although we will both miss having this sailboat, she was great.
Below you will find a brief history of our vessel as best we can put it together. If you are a Morgan Out Island owner or recognize the hull number and have more information we would be thrilled to hear from you. Please go to our contact page and let us know. If you have a site that shows the history of your Morgan Out Island we would love to see it as well.
Vessel Background and History
1979 Morgan Out Island 332 Sailing Sloop
IMO Hull Number – MRY02337M79B-333
Hull [USGS Documentation] No. 599460 Net 12
Manufacture – Morgan Marine, Largo, Florida: Main Plan; Morgan Yatch, 7200 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, FL 33543 [813-544-6681]
Little is known about the history of our boat prior during this time. We can find no records but can assume the owners name and information from a 1995 vessel survey that was completed, which we have now converted into a pdf file. We were told that extensive log books existed and very detailed records about all the vessels voyages were kept until an angry wife through everything away around 2004.
Christened Name – s/v Chablis
Home Port – unknown (Chesapeake Bay Area)
1995 – 2004
As far as we can tell, the boat traveled extensively throughout the Bahama islands. We recovered a very very old GPS which still had track and route data that could be downloaded and we were able to pinpoint the waypoint locations.
Possible Owners – David Salinger / Don Fletcher / J Guy St. Pierre
USGS Documentation No. 599460 Net 12 appears on paperwork
Christened Name – s/v Hopewell
Home Port – Palm City, Florida
Destination Ports –
2004 – 2006
At this time it seems to owner for many years had taken ill and was not able to travel on her much and it sat in the marina from this point until we purchased her and had her delivered to us in Alabama. Not much was done during this time, no maintenance of any kind as far as we can tell. It did ride out two hurricanes anchored out with many of the other vessels from this marina and suffered no damage during either storm.
The boat was finally sold to a broker close to the marina (as a personal boat of the broker), which also (reportedly) had health issues and had to sell the boat. The new owner was told there was not a thing wrong with it (proof from the survey) and kept it one month before she decided to sell it herself.
Owner – Margo Robison
Christened Name – s/v LAUGHALOT
Home Port – New Port Richey, FL
The boat was purchased by the current owners in May and delivered to the Gulf Coast of Alabama by a delivery Captain from the New Port Richie Florida area. It was determined at that time that the heat exchanger needed to be replaced and the main head gasket on the Perkins also needed to be replaced at some point.Â The sail from Tampa to Orange Beach was an uneventful one and she sailed beautify according to the delivery Captain.Â The next 12 months were spent in the slip doing cleaning and general maintenance and enjoying long weekends on the boat (see coastal).Â We decided to sell her in 2008 to someone who could spent more time with her than the schedule we now have to keep.Â It is a great boat and we hope the new owner will be as happy with her as we were.
Owner – Scott and Deborah Fillmer
Christened Name – s/v LAUGHALOT / s/v Island Zephyr
Home Port – Bear Point Marina, Orange Beach (Gulf Coast of Alabama)
The power of water propelled at high velocity is truly amazing. This past weekend we purchased a power washer so that we would be able to continue our clean up of the boat here at home where we left off at the car wash. The results were astonishing. The boat is so much prettier than it was before. Once the inside is washed photos will be posted. In the meantime, look how nice the main sail turned out. Scott laid it on our patio and power washed it. You can see where he had washed compared to where he had not.
I will say that it is probably not the most perfect way to clean a main sail, jib, head sail, or anything that has a fabric or fiber material as it will weaken the overall strength of the material. We decided to clean the sails like this since they had so many seasons already and most likely would not be used for any competitive racing on this Catalina.