Morris M42

by George Day

Blue Water Sailing
September 2006


 

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Maine boatbuilder Morris Yachts introduced their M36 two years ago, and the new daysailer/ weekender was such a success that the company is now introducing a big sister in the form of the Morris M42. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, the M42 is an elegant cruiser with traditional looks above the water - sweeping sheer, long overhangs, narrow beam - and a thoroughly modern bulb-fin keel and spade rudder below the water.

The M42 is for sailors who want elegance, simplicity and cruising comfort in a boat that evokes the past but makes the best use of modern design technology and boatbuilding skills and the latest in rig and sail handling expertise. To simplify sail handling, all halyards, control lines and the main and jib sheets are led below the side decks and emerge at winch pods on either side of the helmsman. The only sheets you will see on deck are for the downwind sails. The spars and spinnaker pole are carbon fiber and the jib is designed to be self-tacking.

While the M42 fits into the "daysailer" or "weekender" class of boats that have become popular in recent years, the new boat has real cruising accommodations below decks and full headroom in the main cabin. Those who want to venture off on a longer cruise aboard will find that the boat has all the storage, tankage and amenities they need. Still the M42 is not a floating condo; simplicity and elegance are the dominant themes.

Below there is a large, well-appointed galley, a useful chart table, settee berths port and starboard and a large centerline table with folding leaves. The forward cabin has a V-berth or can be fitted with a centerline double berth. Plenty of storage can be found beneath the berths and in the ample lockers throughout.

The cabin is finished in traditional Bristol fashion with white bulkheads and varnished mahogany trim. The galley and head have Corian counters. Hatches overhead are supplied with screens and shades.

Morris Yachts has been building semi-custom cruising boats to a very high standard since 1972. The new M42, of which five are already in the building process, promises to perpetuate that tradition and will be a pure pleasure for her owners both to sail and to look at as they row ashore


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