A Stunning 52′ Morris

The seller claims that this Morris 52 is “the quintessential sailing yacht and without a doubt, the most distinctive vessel ever built by Morris.” Not sure after taking a deeper look that we could argue with this bold statement. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, this M52 was created in collaborative effort between her owner, Fontaine Design Group and the venerable builder Morris Yachts. Every construction detail was carefully scrutinized by her owner and unique team of notable consultants, custom vendors and project managers at Morris.

After producing the smaller M42 weekender, the M52 was the next logical design for Morris Yachts; providing a full-blown cruising interior without compromising her palatial cockpit so great for day-sailing. Like other M-series sizes, the M52 has all control lines led (below deck) to the helmsman so one person can safely and conveniently raise the mainsail, unfurl the jib, tend the mainsheet/self-tacking jib sheet, and adjust the backstay all while standing at the helm and steering the boat.

Windsock II, unlike hulls No. 1 & 2, has an extended cabin design forward of the mast. The extended cabin provides a design aesthetic that harkens back to the era of classic sailing yachts; eliminates the “step down” into the owner’s cabin; provides a larger, more open owner’s cabin and allows more natural lighting forward by virtue of the added windows.

Gloss-varnished teak cladding (finished with Awlwood) covers her cabin sides and nearly all cockpit surfaces, while teak decking has been applied to the cockpit sole, seats, decks and cabin top.  Every effort was made to match wood grain, pattern and color throughout the cladding process.

She’s listed by Lyman Morse for $2,150,000 USD and lies in Camden, Maine.

“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.

Bonita, A Morris M29

BONITA certainly is bonita. A beautiful example of a beautiful Sparkman & Stephens design – the Morris M29 daysailer. Built and immaculately maintained by an experienced owner, she’s been gracing the waters of San Diego since her commission in 2010. A perfect small yacht for a simple and elegant daysail, she’s the only M29 for sale on the West Coast.

The M29 with tiller steering is designed to be crewed by a single person so 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.

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, the boat is a graceful combination of classic style, the latest in naval architecture and modern boatbuilding materials. While intended for short or single-handed sailing, the M29 has a generous cockpit making her a comfortable platform for sailing with friends. Her Morris Yachts quality construction and finish, together with her S&S design pedigree will guarantee lasting service and value.

Broker comments, Morris Yachts

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.

BONITA is listed for $157,000 USD in San Diego.

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.

Morris Ocean Series 34 for sale

A 2006 Ocean Series Morris 34

INVISIBLE HAND is a beautiful example of the Morris Ocean Series 34’s and is one of the very last ones built. She has been kept in excellent condition throughout her life, only having sailed summers in New England since new.

The Ocean Series 34 is a highly regarded hull, with the sort of build quality you just don’t see in most modern yachts. This model was unanimously voted best overall cruising yacht when it was released and won awards for best mid-size cruiser. Ideally laid out for cruising couples, she is thoughtfully constructed for comfort, convenience, and safety at sea. INVISIBLE HAND has been upgraded by her experienced owners, with many quality upgrades. She has a carbon fiber mast, with running rigging that leads all control lines back to the cockpit for safe single handed sailing.

We love her soft green custom Awlgripped hull, with yellow boot stripe and cove stripe. Her hull construction is solid hand laid fiberglass with a continuous E glass laminate and Hydrex Vinylester resin throughout. Deck is foam core construction reinforced with unidirectional fibers and the flange is solid fiberglass where it attaches to the hull. She has a Yanmar 29hp engine with about 1600 hours on her and a MaxProp folding propeller.

She comes with a full suite of canvas in fine condition, with dodger and bimini with full enclosing attachments. With a full array of Raymarine electronics, she’s ready to take her new owners anywhere.

She is currently in Harpswell, Maine, and listed by Hinckley Yachts for $325,000 USD.

A 2013 Morris M36

This Morris M36 is about as proper a daysailer as you can get. Harpoon is a Sparkman and Stephens design, and was built as a tenth anniversary model. She has been featured at the Annapolis Boat show many times, and a quick glance at these beautiful photos makes it clear as to why. As Morris rightly puts it, “Harpoon incorporates all that has made the M36 such a success, embodying an elegant simplicity in the approach to day sailing and a combination of beautiful, traditional aesthetics with modern naval architecture and construction.”

A 2013 Morris M36 for sale

Perfectly maintained, Harpoon doesn’t need a single thing. She comes equipped with a full array of Raymarine electronics, carbon fiber mast, self-tacking jib, Harken furling mainsail unit, and upgraded sails with 3DL Marathon sail cloth. Her Sunbrella canvas work is tastefully chosen, and complement the beautiful design of every line.

A 2013 Morris M36 for sale

M36’s have simple, fairly spartan Herreshoff-style interiors – designed for sailing above all else. With electric main self-tailing winches, hydraulic backstay adjusters and the like, they’re easily sailed solo.

Harpoon is currently in Oxford, Maryland and is listed at $395K USD.

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.


Syrena – a Must-See M36

The seller states that Syrena is in near perfect condition, having been used for only two summers in fresh water and stored inside the rest of the year. She has been professionally maintained and includes a custom trailer. Syrena was highly customized during her build to enhance both the beautiful aesthetic of the boat as well as the sailing performance.  A lighter, taller, high modulus carbon fiber spar were combined with a deeper keel and North 3Di sails for improved performance. And her clean lines above deck and exquisite craftsmanship below result in a stunning example of the M36.



Syrena incorporates all the attributes of the M36 that set the standard by which other daysailors are measured – from the beautiful lines drawn by S&S to the heirloom quality craftsmanship of Morris Yachts to the simplicity and elegance in sail handling with all lines run under deck to winches right at the helm. The owner of Syrena worked with Morris and Tack Studios to further refine the details above and below through thoughtful and tasteful details in design and materials resulting in a truly stunning boat. We especially love the color choices, with her blue hull and rust canvas work.

What a gorgeous, gorgeous boat. See more of her at Hinckley.