The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic (also known as the 'Morgan 41 Classic'), a centre-cockpit sloop, was designed by Charles Morgan and built in the USA by Morgan Yachts, and later by Catalina Yachts following their purchase of Morgan Yachts.

A Morgan 41 Out Island Classic sailboat at anchorThe Morgan 41 Out Island Classic

Published Specification for the Morgan 41 Out Island Classic

Underwater Profile: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 41'3" (12.6m)

Waterline Length: 34'0" (10.4m)

Beam: 13'10" (4.2m)

Draft: 4'10" (1.5m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 23,000lb (10,433kg)

Designer: Charles Morgan

Builder: Morgan Yachts (USA)

Year First Built: 1986

Year Last Built: 1991

Number Built: 150

Published Design Ratios for the Morgan 41 Out Island Classic

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.5

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 37.0

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 261

4. Comfort Ratio: 29.7

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Morgan 41 Out Island Classic

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.5 suggests that the Morgan 41 Out Island is just a tad under-powered and will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 37.0 means that a sailboat like the Morgan 41 Out Island (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 261, tells us the Morgan 41 Out Island is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 29.7 suggests that crew comfort of a Morgan 41 Out Island in a seaway is very close to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Morgan 41 Out Island would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

More about the Morgan 41 Out Island Classic

If you are looking for a spacious and comfortable cruiser that can take you to faraway destinations, you might want to consider the Morgan 41 Out Island Classic sailboat.

This boat was designed by Charlie Morgan, a legendary American yacht designer and builder, who created one of the most commercially successful yacht designs in this size range.

The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic is a modified version of the original Morgan Out Island 41, which was first built in 1971 and ran until 1991, with more than 1,450 completed.

The Classic version was produced by Catalina Yachts, which purchased Morgan Yachts in 1986, and it features some improvements in the hull shape, the rig and the engine.

Morgan 41 Out Island ClassicThe Morgan 41 Out Island Classic
Layout Plan & Hull Profile

Here are some of the main features of this boat:

  • The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic is a monohull sailboat with a masthead sloop or optional ketch rig;
  • It has a fiberglass hull and deck, with teak wood trim;
  • It has a center cockpit equipped with a single wheel for steering and a long fin keel;
  • It has a skeg-hung rudder;
  • It has a keel-stepped mast;
  • It has a Perkins Engines 62 hp (46 kW) diesel engine or a Yanmar diesel engine, depending on the year of production.


  • The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic has sleeping accommodation for up to seven people, with a V-berth in the bow cabin, an L-shaped settee and a straight settee in the main cabin and an aft cabin with a double berth;
  • The aft cabin is accessible from the main cabin or from the center cockpit directly, via its own companionway;
  • The passageway between the aft cabin and the main cabin has a workbench on the port side and double doors to access the engine room on starboard;
  • The galley is located on the starboard side just forward of the forward companionway ladder. The galley is L-shaped and is equipped with a two-burner stove on the port side and has a second 10 cu ft (0.28 m3) icebox below it;
  • There are two heads, one in the bow cabin on the starboard side and one on the starboard side in the aft cabin, both with showers;
  • The below deck trim is teak.

Hull and Deck

  • The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic has a raked stem, a conventional transom and a center cockpit;
  • It has a displacement of 24,000 lb (10,886 kg), a draft of 4.17 ft (1.27 m), a length overall of 41.25 ft (12.57 m), a waterline length of 34.00 ft (10.36 m) and a beam of 13.82 ft (4.21 m);
  • It has a ballast of 10,500 lb (4,763 kg), which is either encapsulated in the long keel or bolted to the fin keel;
  • It has 14 opening ports, two opening ports on the transom, aft cabin, bow cabin and galley hatches for ventilation;
  • It has a cockpit floor prism port light for light in the engine room.

The Morgan 41 Out Island Classic sailboat is a great choice for recreational sailors who want to enjoy long-distance cruising in comfort and style. This boat has plenty of space, storage and amenities for living aboard or chartering. It also has good sailing performance and stability for its size and design.

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

Other sailboats in the Morgan range include:

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