About the boat

Beetle is a N/M 45 IOR two ton sailboat.

courtesy of Latitude 38/LaDonna

courtesy of Latitude 38/LaDonna

1983 Morgan N/M 456 tall rig deep keel
Designed by Bruce Nelson for Charlie Morgan
LOA 45′
beam 13.8′
draft 8′
displacement 21,000 pounds, 50% ballast ratio (was 60% with lead ingots set in the bilge). Boat goes to weather quite well with that much ballast, the trade-off is reduced carrying capacity.

Electronics & navigation
Icom IC-M502 vhf radio
Icom IC-M802 ssb radio
Furuno GP-31 fixed mount gps
Furuno 4kw 24″ radar and chart plotter (Navionics chips)
B&G Network instruments

Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop running:
Coastal Explorer charting software
Mscan Meteo weatherfax software
Sailmail email over ssb software
Stan’s WindPilot Alpha autopilot control software

Self steering
Alpha Spectra pilot with WindPilot software (running on laptop)
ComNav 1500 pilot
Monitor Windvane

Anchor and anchoring
Rocna 25kg primary + 275′ 5/16″ G4 chain + 300′ 5/8″ nylon three-strand
22 lb Danforth hi-tensile + 45′ 5/16″ G4 chain + 350′ 1/2″ nylon three-strand
Fortress FX-37 + 45′ 5/16″ G4 chain
Maxwell VW2200 electric windlass

One response to “About the boat

  1. What a fine Boat Rob!

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