Judging by the interest in the last couple of these little yachts we’ve posted, it’s easy to conclude that YotLotter’s share our love of the Morris Annie. They don’t hit the market often, and rarely in as exceptional a condition as this one. HALCYON’s current owner has lavished the boat with top-notch maintenance and upgrades done by Morris Yachts, her original builder. Stored inside a heated building each winter and sailed a few months a year in Maine, HALCYON is a beautiful example of the Morris Annie 29 and is in ready to sail shape. Most sail handling lines have been led to the cockpit, making for very easy single-handed sailing. Her hull form and sail plan result in an easy motion under sail and capability for both afternoon sails or long-distance cruising. With over 6’ headroom and generous berths, she is remarkably comfortable below for a boat her size.
When Morris Yachts launched the Chuck Paine-designed Annie 29 in 1980, it attracted plenty of attention in the sailing community. Its look was in sharp contrast to Paine’s double-ended designs, the Frances 26 launched in 1974 and the Leigh 30 launched in 1979.
“The boats had many similarities, but the Annie had a raked transom with a transom-hung outboard rudder,” said Paine, a Camden, Maine, resident with a long list of award-winning designs to his credit.
Paine, who considers himself a disciple of famed boat designer Nathanael Herreshoff, designed the Annie 29 as an offshore cruiser and recreational keelboat. It was available as a masthead sloop or as a cutter. The production run was approximately half sloops and half cutters.Sailing Magazine
With low freeboard, a sharp bow, tall rig and sloped transom, the Annie 29 looks the part of a true seafaring boat. Everything about it looks rugged yet graceful, from the bronze and stainless steel deck fittings to the elegant teak and mahogany trim. It’s immediately clear why she has been included on classic sailboat lists worldwide. The closer you look, the more you notice the top-shelf construction materials and the masterful boat building. The Annie 29 radiates quality, and HALCYON is a fine example.
HALCYON is listed in Northeast Harbor, Maine for $89,000 USD.