About Liberty

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Liberty is a 1980 Morgan 461 sloop that was refit from stem to stern in 2001 by her previous owner. Most people who see the boat for the first time think she’s a late-model boat. (See layout and sail plans below).

Why did we choose the name “Liberty?”  There are three reasons, really...

    - We’re a pretty patriotic pair

    - The boat represents the freedom to live as we choose and go wherever we like

    - In the Navy, when you’re not on duty, you’re on liberty. Now that we’re both retired Navy folks, we’re always “on Liberty!”

All sailors have their own ideas about what makes the perfect cruising boat. We had a list of desirable items we wanted in our ideal boat, some critical and some just plain nice to have.  Liberty has everything on our list and more:

  • “Bulletproof” hull
  • Sloop rig
  • Center cockpit
  • Elongated keel w/skeg rudder
  • Not a sailing “slug”
  • Roller furling headsail
  • Dinghy davits
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Large engine room
  • Wide, flat decks
  • Radar
  • Bright, cheery interior
  • Large, roomy master cabin
  • Sea berths
  • Comfortable salon
  • Large galley
  • High motion comfort & stability
  • Lots of storage
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Little to no topside teak to varnish
  • Single Side Band radio
  • New standing rigging
  • Upgrades to the boat (by both the previous owner and Ty & Suzanne) include:

  • Imroned hull and deck
  • New sails
  • New electronics
  • Rebuilt 85 hp engine (67 hours)
  • New 5.5kw generator
  • New 3000w inverter
  • New refrigeration system
  • Two new 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning units
  • New dodger, sail cover, bimini and full cockpit enclosure
  • All new ultra-leather upholstery
  • New autopilot
  • New Navtex receiver
  • Lee cloths on pilot berths
  • New holding tank
  • Mast pulpits
  • Fishing rod rack
  • Weatherfax software & demodulator
  • Clear-step roller furling line leads
  • 14 new stainless steel ports
  • 7 new Lewmar hatches
  • New teak and holly sole
  • Teak toe rails and handrails replaced w/stainless steel
  • All hoses and plumbing fixtures replaced
  • All new wiring
  • New electric head (toilet)
  • All interior joinery redone
  • 1000 amp hour battery bank
  • New cockpit instrumentation
  • Mast steps to the top of the mast
  • New lazy jacks
  • Companionway door
  • Magazine racks
  • “Fireboy” FE-241 fire suppressant (in the engineroom)
  • Rigid Hull Inflatable (Apex)
  • 2 Anderson 52 ST winches
  • Whisker pole & mast track
  • The interior has been totally remodeled and upgraded with a few major renovations from the stock Morgan 46:

    Liberty has a moderate fin keel with separate skeg/rudder. She has a sweeping sheerline and short overhangs. The deck has a low profile deckhouse, wide weatherdecks and a comfortable center cockpit. Fourteen opening ports, three large deck hatches and four ventilation hatches make her bright and airy below.

    New cockpit enclosure

    Enclosed cockpit



    Port settee

    Navigation Desk

    Ty in pilot berth

    Master cabin

    Computer desk

    For an exhaustive listing of Liberty’s full specifications and equipment, click here.