After "Paper Tiger's" amazing successes in the of the
SORC series of 1961 and '62, Morgan realized his future was going to be
devoted to the design of racing sailing yachts, but, he had no one to build
them. What to do?
Later in 1962, "Lady Luck", cast her pivotal ballot in Charley's favor with
an order from James B. Turner for a small cruiser-racer to compete in
the coastal offshore racing around the central West Coast of Fl.
Not only did Jimmy ask for the boat to be designed, he asked if Charley
would build it!
Seldom at a loss for words or a quick response, Charley accepted and a new
facet to Charley's career began.
No sooner than the design work was begun Charley wound up with a chronic
respiratory illness that turned out to be the dreaded TB; so off to
Undaunted, Morgan while in isolation, completed the design for the
"Tiger Cubs", and preliminary drawings for a 70', fiber-glass, ocean
racing ketch, for Turner, who had bought a local yacht yard to build what
would become, for a time; the "Worlds Largest" fiberglass sailing yacht,
BIG TOY, ... but that, dear readers is another story.
(BIG TOY was built, had a global career having made a world
circumnavigation, ... her story will be told in the Morgan Chantyman. Ed.)
Shown above are, TOY owned by J. B. (Jimmy Turner). and
built by Charley Morgan and his helper Armin Hess, in the
rear shed of the Morgan Racing Sails loft. GINGER was
produced as a kit and completed by William D. Johnson, younger
brother of Clinton Johnson from whom Morgan learned the sailmakers
Both "Tiger Cubs" were consistent winners in offshore racing. Only a few
"Cubs" were built and were the first Morgan Yachts built before Charley
had to be isolated for a time from family, friends and the public owing to
the Tuberculosis, ...BUT, that is the time "Charley's Plans" for
Morgan Yacht's future were being formed.
The performance of the "Tiger Cubs" attracted the attention of Dick
Valdes and Vincent Lazzara, Principals of Columbia Yacht Corporation
who made an offer to buy the design which was accepted and later
became the "Columbia 31".
(Principal dimensions, sail plan, additional photos and other
particulars will follow soon. Ed.)