The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

A Video Deck Tour of “Morgan’s Cloud”

There are few things more interesting and useful to me than a tour of another experienced offshore voyager’s boat—there’s always something to learn.

So, in that spirit, here’s a video deck tour of our own Morgan’s Cloud.

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This is a high resolution video and so you will see more detail if you click the full screen box icon (like the one to the right) that appears in the bottom right corner when you hover over the video after it starts playing.

Questions and Comments

We have deliberately kept the commentary—and therefore the video—short on the theory that you will only be able to stand seven minutes of me prattling on. So if you see something that interests you that I did not explain, please leave a comment on this post, not YouTube.

Links to Articles Discussed

During the video I mention several articles that explain some of the gear I cover. Here are links to those articles:

We have also replaced the Northstar GPS that I mention with a B&G plotter to backup the computer-based navigation system.

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John Owens

Hi John, Nice video. You have a few upgrades that I will definitely be using. I like the double anchor roller and the chain break for starters. I have an ongoing project boat in my back yard which is a 50 ft one-off aluminum Cutter rigged French sloop. All paint has been stripped and I kind of like it that way with all the horror stories about paint on aluminum issues. Your deck is impressive and well organized and will be scrutinized to the fullest. I haven’t decided on what anti-skid deck surface to use as yet. Is yours Treadmasters? Also, just for the record, what type of deck paint are you applying, and what preparation was taken to achieve good adherence?
Great Website. Very informative and well researched.
Worth very penny.

Eric Klem

Hi John,

I am jealous, it looks like a very good setup.

Out of curiosity, what line are you using for your running backstays? Also, how do you tie them forward when off the wind so that they don’t swing around?


Dave DeWolfe


Patrick Genovese


I am thinking of upgrading my clutches. Any opinions on the Lewmar D1 / D2 series of clutches ? Originally i was thinking of just putting spinlocks in but the Domino Rings feature of the D1/D2 series sounds very attractive from the point of view of being kind to the lines.


Patrick Genovese

Hi John,

Tnx for the feedback.