“Aria”, a Morris Justine

Anytime we’ve found and posted a special Morris Justine like this they always generate a ton of interest from the YotLot community. The Morris Justine is a very popular offshore/cruising design by Chuck Paine and built to the high standards of quality that Morris Yachts has become known for. This lovely example, Aria, is especially pretty. She’s been professionally maintained, stored in heated storage and has benefitted from many upgrades, including new electronics.

Aria’s interior is just gorgeous, with varnished teak trim, and ample light. There is a large u-shaped galley to starboard opposite the nav station and aft quarter berth. The salon has a settee to port and a dinette to starboard that converts to a double berth. Forward cabin has large V-Berth with filler, dresser to port and access to chain locker.

Aria looks ready to go. Listed by Morris Yachts and lying in Bernard, Maine for $178,500. A recent survey (2017) is available.

Morris Apogee 50 for sale

A 2004 Morris Apogee 50

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.

2003 Cabo Rico Pilothouse

Pilothouses often get dinged for their ungainly appearances, but we dare say that this Cabo Rico 42PH has a beautiful profile to match her extraordinary attention to detail. Sea Pilot is hull #1 of the pilothouse version of the successful and proven 42 designed by Chuck Paine. She has benefitted by the care and attention of her original and only owner, who specified the finest equipment and exceptional maintenance.

Her interior features a private forward stateroom, a dedicated and generous galley, and a wonderful pilothouse salon with excellent visibility. Her interior wood work is built to a quality rarely seen today and is in fantastic condition, creating a warm, inviting place to seek respite from the elements. She has storage cubbies galore, and special attention has been paid to temperature control, with screens on every hatch and ventilation throughout.

The pilothouse itself is a special place, with a comfortable, fully-adjustable captains chair, its own AC unit, a large dinette and even a workbench. The headroom in the pilothouse is almost 6.5 feet.

The aft cabin is built for a cruising couple, with plenty of storage, bookshelves and a double berth over 6″ long. The galley is well considered in its design, and features a trash compactor, main and supplementary refrigerator/freezers, fresh and saltwater pumps and even a washer/dryer. The forward cabin is gorgeous, with a full walk around queen sized bed with Pillowsoft spring mattress that lifts to reveal massive storage.

She comes with a full-suite of Furuno electronics, AC and Heat, cellphone booster and Simrad autopilot. Her dinghy is included which rides comfortably on Kato davits while the outboard is mounted on the stern rail and lifted on and off the boat with a mechanical purchase system on its own lift. She comes with abundance of extra high-quality gear that will allow her next skipper to get on board and go. 

Listed by Swiftsure in Seattle for $349,000, Sea Pilot is a special find – ready to take her new owners anywhere in the world.


Able Apogee 51

Able Apogee 51

“From the windswept Aleutian Islands to the warm waters of Tahiti, the Able Apogee 51 Panta Rhei is ready to go—she should know, she’s been there before” – Swiftsure Yachts. Designed by Chuck Paine, Panta Rhei is an expedition style yacht fully outfitted for serious world adventuring. Everything about this boat is focused on utility, safety and cruising comfort.

“Her bright interior features a raised salon with forward galley, true navigators station, watertight bulkheads fore and aft, and plenty of headroom throughout. Combine that with continuously and meticulously maintained and upgraded systems since she was first commissioned, including a new genset with just 7 hours of use, watermaker, forced air heat, an air compressor, bow thruster and much more, and you have a vessel that stands out amongst her peers.”

Chuck Paine’s designs are known for being fast, stable offshore cruisers.

“In common with his other designs of medium displacement, modern performance cruisers (as distinguished from his more traditional designs) Chuck Paine drew a boat with a fairly straight sheerline and the maximum waterline length you can get without having a boat that looks like the ends have been chopped off. With her nearly flush decks and low-slung pilothouse, the Apogee 50 is uncluttered and modern in appearance, but Paine’s brilliant eye for the look of a boat has created a design that even an ultra-traditionalist can appreciate. This is a boat that looks good from any angle.”

-Practical Sailor

A special note about Panta Rhei – her interior was configured with standing headroom of 6’8″ to accommodate her 6’6″ owner. The new owners will certainly enjoy the extra headspace.

She is currently listed by Swiftsure for $499,000 USD in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Mollymawk, a Morris Annie

Mollymawk is a truly special 30′ classic cruiser, a Morris Annie, designed by legend Chuck Paine and built by Tom Morris at Morris Yachts. As a testament to the build quality and seaworthiness of the Annie, Tom Morris owned and sailed hull #1 and Chuck Paine owned and sailed hull #2. Mollymawk is hull #3.

In 2013 she underwent a 6-month comprehensive restoration under the direction of Jean Beaulieu at Classic Boat Shop in Maine, with over $150K in improvements. This was followed in 2016 by a repower by Full Keel Marine in Rhode Island, custom cushions and a Fairclough winter cover. As Morris Yachts puts it, “There is nothing more to add.”

Mollymawk is said to sail “like a dream” and has the proven ability to journey the oceans, having twice transited to Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Her interior is Herreshoff style with extraordinary attention to detail. She sleeps up to three adults comfortably in a large quarterberth, starboard settee with cloth, and starboard v-berth. There is room for an additional two children in the port settee and port v-berth (which could be modified to accommodate a fourth adult). The interior is bright and there is stowage for longer voyages.

She comes equipped with an Autohelm tiller autopilot, and mounting brackets for the Monitor wind vane self-steering gear, which is included in the sale although not currently installed at the transom. She comes with a full sail complement.

Osprey – A Frances 26

These Frances 26s don’t come up for sale very often, and this one, Osprey has been impeccably maintained by three previous owners. Inspired by the sweet curving lines from the east coast fishing boats of Scotland, the Frances 26 is an early Chuck Paine design for his own use. Optimized for fast and simple sailing, the resulting boat is a peculiar mix of daysailer and offshore cruiser. Since her introduction in 1974, over 200 have been built on both sides of the Atlantic and at least one has circumnavigated.

On the Frances 26, Chuck Paine commented, “I wanted a boat that embodied everything I knew about the design of efficient cruising vessels of GRP construction. She had to be capable of yearly cruises to and among the Caribbean islands, small enough to fit my limited budget, but large enough to survive a gale at sea.”



Osprey is a Victoria-built Frances 26, which is almost identical to the Morris Frances 26 but with added interior volume due to a cabin that reaches further forward.

The interior is laid out with a v-berth forward, a head aft of the v-berth to starboard and a large standing head room main saloon with a full length settee to port and a shorter settee to starboard aft of the head. The galley is located to aft to port at the base of the companionway and a comfortable quarterberth is opposite to port.


The Frances is a proven pocket cruise that is very well balanced and easy to sail in anything from light winds to a heavy breeze with all halyards, sheets and reef lines led back to the cockpit.  This Victoria was imported by Morris Yachts and sold in 1987 to her first owners.  Upgraded with a new Yanmar engine in 2006, and new cutlass bearings, PYI shaft seal, shaft, and prop in 2013.  Her current owner has continued to improve her with upgrades to the electrical system, new interior varnish, upgraded deck hardware and more.

She’s a beauty. Find her here at Morris Yachts.

Acadia Pearl, a Morris 44.

This one is special. Each Morris 44 was custom-built to the owner’s specifications, making each unique in its own ways. Acadia Pearl’s original owners specified all interior and exterior features, and had a keen eye for aesthetics and attention to detail with respect to light, ventilation, warmth, functionality and comfort. Acadia Pearl is beautifully appointed, and her current owners have apparently doted on her.



The Morris Ocean 44, designed by Chuck Paine and built by Morris Yachts, was awarded Cruising World’s “Bristol Award” for Best Boat of the Year. Morris Yachts has a well-deserved reputation for building boats of the highest quality. And the quality of Chuck Paine’s design and Morris’ construction are evident throughout Acadia Pearl.


The Morris 44/46 is designed as a modern high-performance cruiser, cloaked within a more traditional look and feel, which could be sailed by a shorthanded crew. There are many features to like about this yacht including her safe cockpit and well laid out deck space. The interior is beautifully laid out, with thought given to ergonomics and function, including access to mechanical and electrical systems.

Find Acadia Pearl here at Swiftsure Yachts.