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.

A Morris M42, in Maine

Sea Fever is a downright lovely 2011 M42, currently listed in Southwest Harbor, Maine. The M42 is the big sister to the famed 36, and was designed in partnership with Sparkman & Stephens for “weekend cruising”.  Like the 36, she is designed for ease of sailing with all control lines, sheets and halyards led below deck to control/winch pods in the cockpit within easy reach of the helmsman. The M42 is designed in two deck layout versions, this one with the “short trunk cabin” – designed to mirror the beautiful lines of the 36, while creating more room for a larger jib.

Currently listed at $689K.

Callisto, a Dyer 29 soft top

This 1990 Callisto is a great example of the classic Dyer 29 soft top.  We can’t help but love the varnished teak windshield.  Up front is a small cabin forward with a cozy v-berth, enclosed head and galley area for overnights.  The large cockpit makes for roomy day outings.   Callisto’s current owner has used her seasonally in Maine and keeps her stored inside during winters.   The  Yanmar 315 hp diesel has only 60 hours and is like new.   A bimini with side and aft curtains provides protection from the elements or can be folded back when not needed.

She’s available for $97,000 at Morris Yachts.






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.