The Morgan 31 was built in Pinetown, just inland of Durban, by Performance Yachts. In most instances they were sold as hull, deck and bulkhead kits for home completion. Libelle II was built by a good friend of mine, Dennis Brunton, who did an absolutely excellent job. She was extremely well built and finished.
Designed by Lavranos, the Morgan was very similar in design to the C&N 32, a boat known for it's safety and stability in rough weather.
Our first long trip in Libelle II proved this. We were caught in the tail end of a cyclone between Durban and Richards Bay, and she handled the Force 10 winds and extremely large and rough sea very well.
Many Morgans were built and sailed to various destinations in the world, we have seen them in the USA, England and there is even one in Napier, New Zealand. She was sailed from Durban via the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.
We had plenty of fun on Libelle II, although we only did one long trip on her, we sailed many thousands of miles on her around Durban, in calm and very rough seas.
For a 31' yacht, she handled rough seas extremely well and her displacement and long keel made her a good, medium sized cruising boat, perfectly suited to couple cruising. The long keel made for interesting manoeuvring especially at low speed and in a cross wind, particularly when leaving or entering our mooring.
More relaxing times with Dennis Brunton & Yvonne
5.436 tons (ballast 1.764 tons)
Vetus 3-cylinder 20HP, shaft drive