Morris Yachts offering new daysailer

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The M42 is a Sparkman & Stephens design with full standing headroom, large saloon and galley below

The M42 is a Sparkman & Stephens design with full standing headroom, large saloon and galley below

Even before their first M36 hull was splashed in 2003, Tom and Cuyler Morris, the father-and-son owners of Morris Yachts in Bass Harbor, Maine, had plans to build a larger, more comfortable daysailer.

“We knew people would like a 36-footer but figured others would want something a bit bigger, something to take the family out on for two- to three-day cruises,” says Cuyler Morris, who is 38. “With the M36 as successful as it has become, we think it makes perfect sense to push ahead with a 42-footer now.”

The M42, the newest of the builder’s M-series sailboats, is a Sparkman & Stephens design that has more amenities for cruising than its little sister. And what really sets this boat apart, Morris says, is its interior. “This boat is beautiful and comfortable,” he says. “It has full standing headroom, which the M36 does not. It’s like a daysailer plus a whole lot more.”

There’s 6 feet, 3 inches of headroom below, to be exact, and the boat has a large saloon, galley, enclosed head compartment with Vacuflush marine head, and a forward V-berth for overnighting. The cabin also includes two large drawers beneath the berth and full-length shelves above it. An overhead hatch and two 4-inch stainless steel dorade vents provide ventilation. In the saloon, the 6.5-foot port and starboard settees are designed for lounging or sleeping. The interior is finished in Herreshoff style, with white bulkheads and varnished solid mahogany trim.

The M42 has an LOA of 42 feet, 3 inches; beam of 11 feet, 3 inches; and draws 6 feet, 9 inches or 5 feet, 3 inches, depending on keel configuration. All control lines, sheets and halyards are led below the deck to custom-designed winch pods in the cockpit. Electric primary winches are standard. The only sheets running on deck are for the cruising gennaker, led aft and controlled by self-tailing manual winches.

“This design really keeps the deck clean and free of hardware and lines,” Morris says. “There’s nothing to trip over or stub your toe on. Plus, I think it looks better that way.”

Forward of the control pods are port and starboard cockpit seats. More than 6 feet in length, the seats are suited for seating six adults, Morris says. Cockpit hatches with hydraulic seat lifters allow access to additional storage. Quarter-sawn teak is used for the cockpit sole.

The composite hull is constructed using vinylester resin and vacuum bagged Core-Cell coring. A 39-hp diesel Yanmar saildrive is standard, as are a VHF radio, GPS with color display, and instrumentation for wind, depth and speed. Overall sail area is 707 square feet.

The M42 will sell for $575,000, nearly $250,000 more than the M36.

“The boater who wants a simple yet elegant boat that’s not a full-blown oceangoing cruising boat is going to want an M42,” Cuyler says. “Not that this boat isn’t designed to go offshore, because it is, but it’s targeted toward people who are looking to do shorter cruising, in comfort.”

Morris expects the first hull to launch next spring. For more information call (207) 244-5509 or visit www.morrisyachts.com .