EIDER DOWN is very special Apogee 50, built by Morris Yachts shortly after their acquisition of Able Marine. Utilizing the proven molds of the well-respected Apogee 50, Morris completed the construction of the hull and deck, before passing it to the new owner, a highly-skilled woodworker who meticulously finished the build over the next three years. The craftsmanship is incredible, and has been maintained in Bristol condition.
Beyond her amazing interior joinery, she’s exceptionally well-appointed, with a Leisurefurl boom, electric winches, and a deck layout designed to facilitate shorthanded sailing. The deck is designed and laid out for safety and simplicity in sail handling and comfort. All control lines are led aft to the cockpit and her wide, uncluttered side decks allow easy movement around the boat, Th painted non-skid provides secure footing underway. The use of wood has been minimized on the exterior for simple maintenance.
The Apogee, designed by Chuck Paine, was developed according to a clearly defined plan: to provide performance and safety off-shore, to expedite, in basic comfort, long passages and lengthy onboard tours, and to offer logical, fail-safe systems easily serviced and simply maintained. Able’s thorough approach to boat-building, inspired in no small part by the vision and experience of the company’s marketing guru Ted Cooper, has blended with designer Chuck Paine’s painstaking attention to detail and proven talent to beget a substantial offshore cruiser that is truly unique.
The 50-foot figure came out of the builder’s desire to keep to a size that is realistically manageable by one or two people, yet provides “a stable enough platform and a large enough plane of flotation to accept necessary loads and provide a comfortable ride.” Necessary loads in this case include a functioning aft engine/mechanical room and a fully segregated fo’c’sle for sails and assorted cruising gear. A safety dividend occurs in the form of watertight compartments fore and aft with collision bulkheads. You end up with practical volume to accept the added paraphernalia that comes with living aboard, and practical flotation to address the added risks that come with spending a lot of time at sea.Quentin Warren, Cruising World
Her living quarters emphasize the practical concerns of crew comfort and seagoing convenience. Notably, the builder has chosen not to fill 50 feet of boat with redundant or superfluous amenity; instead, Apogee’s volume accommodates the basic needs of a small crew offshore and then nets extraordinary storage and work space for everything from food to spare parts. Drawers, bins, lockers and shelving are generously dispersed.
Two private double cabins, one aft to starboard and the other forward to port feature large wardrobes, drawer space and built-in seating. A single head occurs at the base of the companionway to port, and it includes a separate shower stall and a wet locker for foul-weather gear with its own drain. The engine and mechanical room is accessed through the head by means of the watertight door mentioned above. The main cabin features a wraparound U-shaped galley to port conveniently arranged for cooking in a seaway and outfitted with good storage and counter space. A serious built-in navigation station occupies a no-nonsense niche to starboard and includes a large chart table and ready access to electronics and to the vessel’s electrical distribution panel. The saloon is open and airy, and consists of a sizable dinette to port and more seating to starboard; both elements become viable sea berths on long ocean passages. Notably, hand-holds are placed liberally throughout the interior.Quentin Warren, Cruising World
EIDER DOWN is listed by Morris Yachts for $515,000 and awaits her new owners in Bourne, Massachusetts.