Morgan 38
By Jack Hornor
Revised by BoatUS editors in October 2012

Principal Dimensions & Specifications
Measurements should be considered approximate and the manufacturer&s specifications may be relied upon. Bow & stern appendages are generally excluded.
Length Overall 38’ 4″
Waterline Length 30’ 6″
Maximum Beam 12’ 0″
Maximum Draft 5’ 0″
Displacement/Weight 18,000 lbs
Sail Area 100%
Fore triangle 680 Sq ft.
For those readers who have been around as long as I have, your first vision at the mention of Morgan 38 is likely the classically styled, late ’60s, Charley Morgan-designed sloops and yawls that were Morgan’s follow-up the successful Morgan 34. For more recent devotees, Morgan 38 brings to mind a more contemporary series of 38 footers introduced by Morgan Yachts in 1977. In 1993 still another Morgan 38 was introduced. All models are commonly referred to as Morgan 38’s but that’s where the commonalty ends. Only about 80 of the early Morgan-designed 38s were built, while nearly 500 of the 1977 Ted Brewer-designed series were built. The 93 model was a rather bulbous center cockpit model that has nothing in common with other models except its name. Space is limited and there are generally many more of the Brewer-designed models on the market, I am going to concentrate my look this month on this series. Very few models of boats have been built for protracted periods without some changes to their form or layout and the Morgan 38 is no exception. Introduced in 1977 as the Morgan 382, minor rig changes resulted in a model name change to Morgan 383 in 1980. In 1983 there were several more changes and again the model name changed to the Morgan 384. Although Morgan Yacht was purchased by Catalina in 1985, the Morgan 384 continued in production until 1986.

Morgan 382: Low Profile, High Return
BY Michel Savage POSTED August 25, 2006

Morgan 382
Michel Savage
The Morgan 382 is an innovative 1970s design without racing aspirations.
A teardrop-shaped hull, wide beam, discreet reverse transom, and long overhangs might be the hallmarks of a vintage racing boat, but Ted Brewer designed the Morgan 382 as a cruiser, not as a racer that could also be cruised. From 1977 to 1986, Morgan Yachts and its successor, Cat-alina-Morgan, built nearly 500 of the Morgan 382 and its later configurations, the 383 and 384. Owners have taken them everywhere.
Visually, the boat is balanced and well proportioned, and the low cabin trunk and 6-inch bulwarks help keep the profile trim. At upward of 17,000 pounds on a waterline of 30 feet 6 inches, the boat is almost in the heavy-displacement category. The hull, however, with its elongated fin keel, skeg-attached rudder, and roundish bilge, isn’t that of a slow cruiser.


Morgan 382 drawing on

Morgan 382


Hull Type:  Fin with rudder on skeg Rig Type:  Masthead Sloop
LOA:  38.33′ / 11.68m LWL:  30.50′ / 9.30m
Beam:  12.00′ / 3.66m Listed SA:  667 ft2 / 61.96 m2
Draft (max.)  5.00′ / 1.52m Draft (min.)  
Disp.  17000 lbs./ 7711 kgs. Ballast:  6800 lbs. / 3084 kgs.
SA/Disp.:  16.20 Bal./Disp.:  39.99% Disp./Len.:  267.49
Designer:  Ted Brewer/Jack Corey
Builder:  Morgan Yachts (USA)
Construct.:  FG Bal. type:  Lead
First Built:  1977 Last Built:  1982 # Built:  300
AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)
Make:  Perkins Model:  4-108
Type:  Diesel HP:  
Water:  55 gals. / 208 ltrs. Fuel:  40 gals. / 151 ltrs.
I:  46.00′ / 14.02m J:  16.25′ / 4.95m
P:  40.50′ / 12.34m E:  14.50′ / 4.42m
PY:   EY:  
SPL:   ISP:  
SA(Fore.):  373.75 ft2 / 34.72 m2 SA(Main):  293.63 ft2 / 27.28 m2
Total(calc.)SA:   667.38 ft2 / 62.00 m2 DL ratio:  267.49
SA/Disp:  16.21 Est. Forestay Len.:  48.79′ / 14.87m


Morgan 382
2009 January 13
A classic cruiser gets upgrades that will keep it in the family for years to come

The more you sail your 1980 Morgan 382 the more you realize that there’s no sound reason to spend big bucks on a new, or even newer boat. The handsome 382 is solidly built and does everything a more expensive boat would do, and it is paid for. Designed by Ted Brewer, the 382, and its slightly updated sister models the 383 and 384, were built during the waning days of Morgan Yachts, just before the company was purchased by Catalina. The boat is a study in moderation, and that is a good thing. The 382 does a lot of things well. Originally touted as a racer-cruiser, you use it primarily as a family cruiser these days. Yet with a moderate fin keel underbody and a generous rig the 382 is lively under sail and a pleasure to steer. It is also sure-footed in a blow, a good combination for the extended Down East cruise you’re planning for next summer. Yes, it’s time to spruce up the old boat and stow those new boat dreams awhile longer.

MORGAN 383/384

Morgan 383 photo on

Morgan 383 / Morgan 384


Hull Type:  Fin with rudder on skeg Rig Type:  Masthead Sloop
LOA:  38.33′ / 11.68m LWL:  30.50′ / 9.30m
Beam:  12.00′ / 3.66m Listed SA:  682 ft2 / 63.36 m2
Draft (max.)  5.00′ / 1.52m Draft (min.)  
Disp.  18000 lbs./ 8165 kgs. Ballast:  6800 lbs. / 3084 kgs.
SA/Disp.:  15.95 Bal./Disp.:  37.77% Disp./Len.:  283.22
Designer:  Ted Brewer
Builder:  Morgan Yachts (USA)
Construct.:  FG Bal. type:  
First Built:  1982 Last Built:   # Built:  200
I:  50.00′ / 15.24m J:  16.25′ / 4.95m
P:  42.50′ / 12.95m E:  13.00′ / 3.96m
PY:   EY:  
SPL:   ISP:  
SA(Fore.):  406.25 ft2 / 37.74 m2 SA(Main):  276.25 ft2 / 25.66 m2
Total(calc.)SA:   682.50 ft2 / 63.40 m2 DL ratio:  283.22
SA/Disp:  15.96 Est. Forestay Len.:  52.57′ / 16.02m


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