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Liberty, featured in the June 2006 issue of Cruising World in their “Classic Plastic” column, is a Morgan 461 that is unique in her class. She is a true custom boat, having been completely refit and remodeled from stem to stern in 2000-2001 and continuously upgraded since then.  Many who see Liberty for the first time think she is a new boat. Her hull may have been built in 1980, but little else is of the same vintage.

Unlike other Morgans, Liberty has minimum topside teak to varnish, giving her deck a clean, modern appearance. The teak toerails were replaced with full-length slotted aluminum toerails. The handrails and mast rails are stainless steel 

She is a very dry boat inside, with none of the leaks typical of older boats – these were eliminated when the toerail, hatches and all ports were replaced. 


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.  (See the interior plan)

The Morgan 46 is known for her sea kindly motion. Stiff in gusts, she easily handles winds into the low 20’s without reefing. Do not confuse this boat with the Morgan Out Island series. The Morgan 461 sails very well, often reaching speeds of 8 knots.


Heavy solid fiberglass layup. Blisters are not a problem on this boat:  She was treated with 3 layers of barrier coat in 2000. Topsides have 5 coats of Imron – 3 white and 2 clear, giving her a lustrous finish.


LOA:  46’6”

BEAM:  13’6”

DRAFT:  6’

MAST HEIGHT:  62’ (Note that ICW bridges are typically 65 feet in height; we have made the trip south from Norfolk to Ft.Lauderdale with no bridge clearance problems.

DISPLACEMENT:  30,000 pounds

TANKAGE:  300 gallons water (two integral fiberglass tanks), 130 gallons diesel (one 100 gallon integral fiberglass tank and one 30 gallon aluminum tank).



- Ideal anchor windlass with capstan, refurbished in 2000

- 2 stainless steel mast pulpits, new in 2003

- Stainless steel grab-bars on both sides of dodger and grab rail along aft edge of dodger, new in 2003

- Dodger, new in 2003

- Bimini, new in 2003

- Full enclosure (new in 2003) turns the cockpit into a sunroom

- Garhauer mainsheet traveler, new in 2000

- Folding teak cockpit table with cup rack, new in 2003

- Vetus dinghy davits, new in 2000

- Two radar reflectors (one Firdell Blipper, one corner reflector), new in 2000.

- Magma barbeque grill, new 2005



- Viking 4-man liferaft in valise pack. New in 2002, inspected 2003 and 2005

- ACR 406 GPS EPIRB, new in 2003

- Lifesling, new in 2002

- Man overboard pole, new 2003

- USCG required flares, horseshoe preserver, lifejackets, etc.

- 2 hand-held searchlights, 1,000,000 candle power



- Incomparable airflow

- 7 opening hatches – Lewmar, all new ’00-’01 (bug screens included)

- 14 stainless steel ports new in ’00-’01 are a dramatic improvement over the standard plastic ports, both in appearance and water tightness (bug screens are included)

- 2 companionways (one into galley/salon, one into aft cabin) – includes custom teak hatch boards (2003) and custom hinged teak & lexan door (2003). Canvas cover for aft companionway, new in 2002.

- More-than-ample reading lights and overhead lights throughout (halogen and fluorescent)



Liberty is the perfect boat for a cruising couple—roomy and comfortable below as well as on deck and in the spacious cockpit. Extensive storage capacity. The interior has been modified by removing the aft head. This change enabled the addition of a full-sized fore-and-aft desk at the foot of the custom king-sized bed. The aft cabin now boasts a dressing area large enough for two to move about without bumping into one another (See layout diagram on the “About Liberty” page.)


All surfaces in the interior have been professionally redone, eliciting positive comments from all visitors. All of the teak surfaces, including bulkheads and cabinetry, are new as of ’01-’02 with a honey-gold veneer that is much warmer and brighter than the traditional Morgan 46. Cabin sole is a teak and holly veneer, and was professionally installed new in 2002. Cabin overheads have been redone in bright white paint, further adding to the boat’s interior brightness, even on the gloomiest of days.


Moving from forward, aft:



- Access to anchor chain/rode locker is via a bolted access door

- Berth has been raised 6 inches to create a large storage compartment below

- Teak shelving port and starboard

- Large locker aft of v-berth with shelves and 16,000 BTU Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning/heating system

- Full-length hanging locker port side

- Air conditioning/heating vent and Hella turbo fan for comfort


Head to starboard:

- Newport electric head (no pumping!)

- Bulkhead-mounted shower head

- White porcelain sink (new ‘00-‘01) with attractive faucet

- Large cabinet under sink

- Large cabinet with shelves over sink



- All salon upholstery was beautifully redone in 2003. “Almond” colored ultraleather is bright and clean. Cool and non-sticky when it’s hot out, warm and soft when it’s cold out. Live-aboard quality foam with lumbar support and wrap-around end pieces.

- Settee to port with book shelf and cabinets over, storage under and behind seat

- Large booth-style table with storage under one seat/tankage under other

- Four large cabinets along starboard bulkhead

- Weems & Plath barometer and clock on bulkhead


Navigation Station to port at foot of companionway:

- Has been reconfigured with chart-sized desk running fore-and-aft

- Chart stowage drawer under desk

- Drawers aft of desk include a convenient drawer designed for hanging files

- Shelf over desk holds electronics


Galley to starboard at foot of companionway:

- Top-loading Adler Barbour cold plate refrigerator with external temperature gauge. Enormous.

- Equally large freezer compartment (one of the largest owners have seen) with external temperature gauge. We stocked this freezer with enough food for us and two crew to transit the Atlantic, including ice cream!

- Deep, double, stainless steel sinks with attractive faucet and soap dispenser

- Microwave oven

- 3-burner propane Force 10 stove/oven/broiler

- Bulkhead-mounted teak dish/mug rack

- Extensive storage, including two large dish/food cabinets, large pot bin, large under-sink storage locker, shelf, and 9 drawers

- Excellent counter space


Walk-through passageway amidships:

- Upper and lower crew’s berths with lee cloths along port side (excellent for storage when no crew is aboard – large enough to store two full-sized mountain bikes on lower berth)

- Hella Turbo fans over each berth (new in 2004)

- Battery storage (ten golf cart batteries, total 1,000 amp hours) under lower bunk


Wet locker forward of engine room on port side


Engine room to starboard:

- Incredible all-around access to engine, generator and other equipment

- Storage on two wide shelves along starboard side easily accommodate spare parts as well as engine oil containers

- Deep bilge sump with two automatic electric and one manual bilge pumps and bilge level alarm


Aft cabin:

- Large hanging locker to port

- Computer desk with swivel chair at foot of king sized bed

 Sit-up” head room above king-sized bed

- Extensive enclosed clothing storage lockers outboard of bed port and starboard with book shelves over cabinetry

- Four large clothing drawers at foot of bed

- Cavernous storage space under bed

- Easy access to shaft and shaft seal (which uses dripless packing)

- Cruisair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning/heating system new in 2001

- 10” JVC European-system color TV, new 2005



- Automatic/manual FE-241 (Halon replacement) firefighting system – new in 2003

- Perkins 4-236 85 hp diesel engine (replaced as new in 2000; now has 2900 hours) with 120 amp hour alternator, uses about 1.1 gals per hour at 6.5-7 kts, and Hurth hydraulic transmission (spares include new alternator, all hoses, full gasket kit, etc.)

- Next Generation UCM 5.5 kw diesel genset (Kubota diesel, Markon generator), uses about 0.15 gals per hour – new in 2001

- ProSine 3.0 inverter/battery charger – new in ’00-‘01

- Primary WH autopilot (highly recommended in Steve Dashew’s Encyclopedia of Cruising) – works flawlessly. New in 2005

- Secondary AutoNav autopilot – new in 2000

- 12 gallon hot water heater (110 vac and engine waste heat - new in 2006)

- Rule 3500 (new in 2000) and Rule 1000 (new in 2004) automatic electric bilge pumps



- Professionally inspected and tuned in May 2005 by North Sails, Charleston, SC

- Standing rigging replaced in 2001 with Norseman/StaLock fittings.

- Spare 3/8” wire and u-bolts for rigging.

- Running rigging: excellent condition. All new and continually replaced since 2003. Complete inventory of dock lines, including hundreds of feet of spare lines.

- 4 shock-absorbing steel springs for mooring lines (unique to Mediterranean) – new 2005



- Taylor of UK 4 KvA transformer (240 vac to 110 vac), new 2005

- Prosine 3.0 3000 watt inverter/battery charger (new 2000)

- 10 golf cart batteries (1000 amp hours capacity)

- 5 KW generator (see engine room equipment).

- 2 16,000 BTU reverse-cycle air conditioners (one fore/one aft), new 2000

- Pur/Katadyn 160E 12 volt watermaker (6.6 gals/hr) with complete cruising spares kit, new 2004



- Raytheon 24 nm radar (helm display), new 2000

- Depthsounder (2000)

- Sonar  (2004)

- Furuno Navtex receiver (2003)

- Icom 710 marine single sideband (SSB) radio (2000)

- VHF radio at nav table with cockpit remote handset and speaker (2000)

- AM/FM/CD receiver with four speakers (2003)

- 5 CD Changer (2004)

- 2 analog and 1 digital recording (new in 2005) barometers



- 30 gallon holding tank – new 2004

- Newport electric head (no pumping!) with spares, including new motor (2000)

- Bulkhead-mounted shower head (vs. on sink faucet)

- White porcelain sink (new ‘00-‘01) with attractive faucet

- All hoses new 2004

- Shurflo “Silencer” fresh water pump (new 2003)

- Saltwater washdown system (new 2003)



- Hydraulic steering (rugged and reliable; no cables to break or jam) (2000)



- Mainsail (by “Airforce”), new in 2000

- Jib (by “Airforce”), new in 2000, on Harken roller furler with Clear-step furling fairleads to winch

- 1,000 sq ft asymmetric cruising spinnaker with easy-douse sock (new in 2003)

- 150 sq ft ATN Gale Sail – new in 2003, never used

- Mast-mounted Forespar 13-24 whisker pole new in 2005

- Keel stepped mast

- Lazy jacks new in 2003



- Two Anderson 52ST self-tailing sheet winches (new in 2005)

- Barlow 24 mainsheet winch

- Steering pedestal with 48 inch diameter destroyer type wheel, Raytheon radar display (2000),, Plastimo magnetic compass (2000), engine instruments, rudder angle indicator (2000), autopilot, etc.

- Hot and cold shower recessed in starboard seat-back

- 2 full-length custom cushions

- 4 sport-a-seat cushions



- Ideal electric anchor windlass – overhauled in 2000

- Double bow roller

- 66 lb. Bruce anchor with 150’ 5/16” high test chain and 220’ ¾” nylon rode, 2002

- 45 lb. CQR anchor with 40’ 5/16” high test chain and 220’ ¾” nylon rode

- 30 lb. Danforth anchor with 15’ 5/16” high test chain and 220’ 5/8” nylon rode

- 23 lb. Fortress anchor with 15’ 5/16” high test chain and 220’ 5/8” nylon rode



- 2003 Apex 10 foot Lite RIB dinghy

- 2002 Mercury 5 hp two stroke outboard

- 1995 (est) Bombard inflatable dinghy

- Two pairs of oars, two dinghy anchors, dinghy pump, etc.



- Multiple fenders

- 2 shore power cords

- 3 electric heaters, 1 propane heater

- Dishes and cutlery for 8

- Complete set of pots and pans

- Linens

- Extensive spare parts inventory