Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, the Morris M29 is one of the relatively contemporary daysailers that aim to capture the golden era of sailboat beauty in a fully-modern form. This particular sweetpea, Sprint, has been gracing the waters of Newport, RI since her owner built her in 2010. Used only seasonally, and maintained by Hinckley Yachts, she’s clearly been kept in excellent condition.
The M29 with tiller steering is designed to be crewed by a single person or raced by a crew of 2 or 3. Sail handling has been engineered for simplicity, reliability and ease of use. All control lines, sheets, and halyards have been led either below deck or along the cabin top within easy reach of the helmsman, keeping the side decks clear and safe.
One compelling feature is actually one that’s missing – no winches! Sheet loads are reduced naturally by “clever engineering”, leaving the cockpit clutter free. Features such as the flush-mounted jib furler create a clean, efficient sail plan to optimize speed and performance while accentuating the M29’s natural beauty.
Weight management was apparently a top design priority, as is evident by the 100% resin infusion construction, carbon mast and rudder. Not to be confused with the floating condo type, the elegant yet spare accommodations below keep things simple and to the point – this boat is for sailing.
Sprint appears to be perfectly maintained and comes equipped with Raymarine instruments for depth, speed and wind, and Raymarine radio and compass.
The M29 is a delicious combination of classic lines and modern engineering, and Swift appears to be an ideal example. In Newport, RI at an asking price of $150k, visit the Hinckley website for details.